Part of a global campaign called Malaria Must Die – So Millions Can Live, produced, the video, produced by Ridley Scott Associates, features David confined in a small glass box “under attack” by a 10,000 mosquitoes.
The film is designed to highlight that hundreds of thousands of people still die from malaria – the word’s oldest disease – that can easily be prevented.
The campaign is launching 70 days ahead of the Global Head of Commonwealth Meeting which is taking place in London and calls on the 52 leaders attending to stand up and review their commitment to take action against this disease.
Like David, those of us living in malaria-free countries are fortunate to be protected from he deadly disease, but had of the world’s population are still at risk.
David Beckham, a founding member of Malaria No More UK Leadership Council says: “I’ve supported the malaria fight for over 15 years and it’s been exciting to see the progress made to save lives, including millions of young children.
“As the mosquito film shows, these insects are annoying in places likes the UK but in many parts of the world, a mosquito bite is terrifying and deadly, leading to malaria and the loss of a child’s life every two minutes. This is totally unacceptable, especially when we know how to prevent and cure it.
“That’s why I’m standing with the millions who live with this threat every day. I urge Commonwealth leaders to be ready to take bold action when they meet in London in April and to unite to stop this disease in its tracks.”
Malaria tragically claims 445,000 lives a year and over half of these deaths occur in Commonwealth countries.
Each death is needless as malaria is totally preventable and costs less than a cup of tea to treat.
James Whiting, Executive Director of Malaria No More UK (the NGO convening the campaign on behalf of the global malaria community) added: “Malaria is the world’s oldest known disease and history’s deadliest killer.
“Efforts to fight the disease have delivered unprecedented progress in recent years. But worryingly progress has stalled and we risk undoing decades of work. Which is why we are calling on Commonwealth leaders to reinforce their support to ending malaria at this, the most crucial of junctures – especially with the knockout blow in sight.”
To watch the camapign click here.
Malaria is a serious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes – a single bite is all it takes for someone to become infected.
If it isn’t diagnosed and treated promptly, it can be fatal.
So what are the symptoms?
The NHS lists the following:
- A high temperature (fever)
- Sweats and chills
- Muscle pains
It also says: “Seek medical help immediately if you develop symptoms of malaria during or after a visit to an area where the disease is found.
“You should seek medical help even if it’s several weeks, months or a year after you return from travelling.
“If there’s a possibility you have malaria, a blood test will be carried out to confirm where or not you’re infected.
“You should receive the results of your blood test on the same day. If you have malaria, treatment will be started straight away.”