Everyone in Africa to get anti-malaria net

On the eve of World Malaria Day, the head of Unicef says there is enough money available to provide bed nets treated with long-lasting insecticide to everyone in Africa at risk of malaria by 2010.

Ann Veneman says she hopes that will eliminate the nearly 1 million deaths annually from the killer disease by 2015.

Veneman’s announcement at a global summit on malaria on today was greeted by loud applause, as was the announcement that President Barack Obama is committed to making the US a global leader in ending malaria deaths by 2015.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said in the keynote speech that eliminating malaria deaths in six years “is a target we can hit.”

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