March 7, 2006

UN, NY team, hedge fund chiefs attack malaria

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations, the New York
Knicks basketball team and hedge fund executives announced on
Tuesday a global "Dunk Malaria" campaign to combat the deadly

The organizers ( are asking
sports fans, students and others around the world to dunk a
ball through a hoop of any kind to get people thinking about
malaria and help raise some of the hundreds of millions of
dollars needed annually to save lives.

As many as 3 million people a year die from the parasitic
disease transmitted by mosquitoes. Some 90 percent of victims
are under 5 and most of them live in Africa.