London, Apr.21 (ANI): England winger David Beckham has said that he is horrified to learn that close to 90,000 children are suffering from malaria in Africa, and believes that every one is in a position to save these young lives.
In an article for The Sun, Beckham says: "When I step out on to the pitch at Wembley Stadium there can be up to 90,000 people watching me and the England team. That's a lot of people. But that's the same number of children who die in Africa from malaria every month - a whole football stadium of lost young lives. But we are in a position to save these lives."
"I saw first-hand last year just how crucial these bed nets are. I went to Sierra Leone with UNICEF and saw families devastated by malaria and other diseases. There, one in four children die before their fifth birthday. I visited health clinics and learnt why people die so young. And sadly I saw that it's mainly from preventable diseases such as malaria. These heartbreaking facts made me back the new charity Malaria No More UK," he adds.
"Malaria is the biggest killer of children in the world, with a child dying every 30 seconds. And there are around 250million cases of malaria worldwide. But what most people don't realise is that malaria is preventable. These kids can be saved. Malaria No More UK wants to get bed nets to everyone in Africa who needs one by the end of 2010. It's an ambitious goal - but it can be achieved if we all get behind it," Beckham claims in his article.
"It's time for Britain to get involved. Never have we had such an opportunity to really make a difference as a generation," he concludes. (ANI)