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Fight Against Malaria Enlists Justin Bieber and Jonas Brothers

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Malaria still takes around one million lives a year. Most of these lives are children from Africa. Many celebrities have used their celebrity status to help fighting the disease. John Mayer is the next in line.

In a video, recorded for the awareness campaign on the ravages of malaria, John Mayer tries to use celebrity comparisons explaining how serious the disease can be compared to the ages of the U.S. kids' favorite celebrity singers. Thus he was unable to stay serious for long, since his speech used Justin Bieber and Jonas Brothers to educate people about the ravages of malaria.

Mayer has decided to try to do good and lends his celebrity weight to an association that tries to raise money for victims of malaria. A cause close to his heart apparently, but not enough to allow him to stay more serious than a minute!

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"Almost one million people die each year from malaria," begins John Mayer. "And on that number, 85% die below the age of Justin Bieber. With your help, buying a net for only a dollar, we can help these children reach Bieber before the end of the year. Next year we'll go to the Jonas Brothers and then the kids of Twilight. But, step by step, bring them up to the Bieber!"

Prevention of malaria proffered over cure

Yet, the disease is more serious than our celebrities may think. The boundaries of endemic malaria are getting smaller. The Minister of Healthy of Ethiopia tells The Lance that the shrinking map of the disease gives every reason to be hopeful in the short and long run. See "Series on Malaria Elimination."

However, the same study also suggest that Malaria "cannot be eradicated." The study says, for example, sub-Saharan Africa, may be better pursing a policy of controlling the disease. This approach applies to some other countries as well.

The Lance study on Malaria eradication was lead by Andrew Tatem of the University of Florida. Tatem suggests that eradication of the disease is mostly possible by controlling the factors that contribute to the spread of the disease. He particularly means insecticides and protective bed nets will help the case. Tatem also says good health system and political stability also help the eradication of malaria.