Bono Urges Africa to Work to Stop Malaria

Bono said Saturday that Africa must keep working to stop malaria, which kills more than 1 million people a year — many of them young children on the continent.

"In the 21st century, we have Africans using modern technology to find its own solutions to deadly malaria," the U2 frontman said during a visit to A to Z Textile Mills, which makes insecticide-treated bed nets to keep mosquitoes away.

He also urged more wealthy corporations to help "save lives of the poor people."

The 46-year-old Irish rocker, who has long complained that Africa's problems get little attention in the news, is on a 10-day tour of Africa that's already taken him to South Africa, Rwanda and Lesotho. He also planned stops in Nigeria, Mali and Ghana.

Malaria is spread by mosquitoes and causes wracking pain, fever and, if left untreated, death. It is one of the leading communicable diseases in this East African country.