International Day of the Girl Child 2020

11 Oct 2020

Since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day for the Girl Child. The day highlights the needs and challenges girls face, while aiming to promote girls' empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. Here, we explore the particular challenges of malaria for girls and initiatives to help address them.

  • Photos:

    Slide 1- Antje Mangelsdorf ; Slide 2- Toby Madden/Transaid; Slide 3- Anna Wang/ MMV; Slide 4- Elizabeth Poll/MMV; Slide 5- Carl Craft/MMV; Slide 6- Damien Schumann/MMV; Slide 7- Damien Schumann/MMV; Slide 8- Kevin Starace/SMG; Slide 9- MiMBa logo; Slide 10- Antje Mangelsdorf


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