Africa’s pulse has quickened, infusing the continent with a new sense of vibrancy – from commercial promise, to more stable democratic governments, to a population increasingly connected through mobile and digital technology.
Our platforms seize upon this momentum to reach millions with life saving messages that inspire individual action by the public, corporate action by the private sector, and government action in the public sector by celebrating - in as high profile a way as possible - African ownership of the fight for child survival.
Pneumonia kills nearly 1 million children under the age of five globally every year. More children die from pneumonia than from HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. Progress in the fight against pneumonia has been slow compared to progress in other leading diseases. Over the past 15 years, childhood pneumonia deaths have fallen by 50%. While this signifies impressive progress, it still falls short in comparison to an 85% decline for measles, and 60% for malaria, AIDS, and tetanus over the same time period. The issue is partly one of financing relative to disease burden. For every global health dollar spent in 2011, only 2 cents went to pneumonia.
In an effort to spread awareness about malaria and increase the use of essential prevention tools, Aspire Academy, the Leo Messi Foundation, Speak Up Africa, and the Senegal National Malaria Control Program will protect hundreds of thousands of individuals, thanks to the free mass distribution of the Lionel Messi branded mosquito nets.
The United Against Malaria AFCON 2013 campaign transformed Africa’s premier football tournament into a star-studded platform for anti-malaria messaging.The United Against Malaria (UAM) African Cup of Nations, in partnership with the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Roll Back Malaria, Johns Hopkins University, Malaria No More, the Gates Foundation, and Speak Up Africa, leveraged the immense popularity and broad media reach of the African Cup of Nations Tournament (AFCON) - with a combined estimated viewership of over 6 billion worldwide - to raise awareness and promote the fight against malaria.
In partnership with PATH/MACEPA and the National Malaria Control Program, Speak Up Africa is documenting Senegal's approach and progress as it makes steps towards achieving a remarkable objective: malaria elimination.