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Malaria kills more than 1 million people every year

Malaria kills more than 1 million people every year, many of these are infants. Malaria deaths in 2012 are on the rise and will be significantly higher. But there is some new hope: the scientist Peter Seeberger has recently announced the discovery on Malaria treatments, a simple and cost-effective way of synthesizing artemisinin, which is the most effective anti-malaria drug from the waste products of the plant. This discovery has the potential to make the drug much more affordable for the 225 million people affected by malaria every year and to save many lives.

On Thursday, April 19th representatives of the WHO, UN, the pharma-industry and NGOs met in Berlin to implement the new medicine all over the world. One of the partners is Cinema for Peace with its network and campaigns. The filmmaker and philantrophist Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary, Notting Hill, Love Actually) was a founder of both Comic Relief and Make Poverty History and the mastermind the Live 8 concerts with Bob Geldof to publicise poverty, particularly in Africa, and to pressure G8 leaders to adopt his proposals for ending it. He is developing a feature film with a two time Oscar winning actress about Malaria this year.  He produced with Comic Relief the video below.

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Watch the Trailer of the Day on Malaria