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Thursday, March 8, 2012
American Idols Alums to Participate in Fight Against Malaria Reception
Former American Idol finalists Jason Castro (Season 7), Melinda Doolittle (Season 6), and Elliott Yamin (Season 5) will be heading to Washington D.C on Wednesday, March 7th to meet with members of Congress and join in on a reception with leaders of the Washington business, philanthropic and global health communities. The reception will be held in the evening, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, and will celebrate the contributions of the U.S. Government with the recent reduction in malaria deaths.
The event will be hosted by Malaria No More CEO David Bowen and c0-host of Fox News Channel’sAmerica’s Newsroom, Martha MacCallum.
Last year, over 650,000 people died from malaria. Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease transmitted by the bite of a mosquito infected with the disease. 85% of the deaths were in children under the age of five, and 90% of them were in sub-Sarahan Africa. A child under the age of five dies of Malaria every minute. The disease costs Africa billions of dollars a year and in many African countries, up to 40% of health care resources are spent treating it.
Every year, American Idol does their Idol Gives Back charity special, which has featured the Malaria disease since 2006. Idol Gives Back has helped educate over 40 million Americans about Malaria and has raised millions of dollars for the Malaria No More campaign.