The England Footballers Foundation is working with Unicef to help tackle malaria; a disease that still claims the life of a child every 2 minutes.
The partnership, founded in October 2014, sees the players use their global status and appeal to raise funds and awareness both at home and around the world about the dangers of malaria and the benefits of sleeping under a mosquito net.
In Africa, malaria is one of the leading causes of death of children under five and globally it is the third single biggest killer of children. The poorest, most vulnerable children are in the greatest danger but sleeping under a mosquito net can offer them life-saving protection.
“It’s unbelievable that every 90 minutes – the time it takes to play a football match – 45 children will lose their lives to malaria,” said England captain Wayne Rooney. “As captain of the England football team I am hugely proud that we are able to help Unicef in its goal of protecting every child in danger from this disease.”