Wolves and Fosun declare ‘Together we build a Malaria-free world’

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Wolves are showing their support of the One-Fosun movement on 2023 World Malaria Day, declaring ‘Together We Build A Malaria-Free World’.

At half-time of Tuesday evening’s Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace, Wolves Records artist Sophia Saffarian will also take to the Molineux pitch to perform her new single ‘Better Days’ – a track which is supporting malaria awareness.

Birmingham-born Sophia said: “I was invited to create something special to support a Malaria Awareness campaign with [Wolves owners] Fosun – a longstanding cause which has really motivated me to create a song that is positive, instils hope and encourages unity, whilst addressing the fact that real change is needed.

“I wanted to create something that makes you want to move and sing but still has thought-provoking lyrics. Something feel-good that makes you feel something and reflect.”

Malaria is a preventable and curable life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.

In 2021, there were an estimated 247 million cases of malaria and 619,000 malaria-related deaths worldwide. Children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa continued to account for over two-thirds of global deaths from malaria.

The Together We Build A Malaria-Free World campaign was launched by Fosun Pharma together with Fosun Foundation in 2017 in support of the global goal to end malaria by 2030.

World Malaria Day, which takes place on 25th April each year, celebrated the progress achieved by a diverse set of countries that have reached zero malaria since 2000 and encourages all nations to accelerate efforts towards achieving a malaria-free world.

The WHO (World Health Organization) announced World Malaria Day 2023 will be marked under the theme ‘Time to deliver zero malaria: invest, innovate, implement’.

“At Wolves, we are proud to be supporting the Together We Build A Malaria-free World campaign together with the One-Fosun family worldwide,” said club captain Ruben Neves. “Malaria is an entirely preventable and treatable disease but is still killing thousands every year.

“We hope to raise the profile of this campaign by supporting it as a Premier League football club, in partnership with the Fosun Foundation and Fosun Pharma, and help many organisations who are working hard to eliminate this deadly disease.”

To read more about World Malaria Day 2023 click here, or to join the conversation on social media use the hashtag #WorldMalariaDay.

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