VATICAN CITY will issue on April 6 a special series of stamps to raise funds, in co-operation with the United Nations, for a fight against malaria in Asia and Africa.
The series will consist of four denominations in two designs recalling the work of the popes in combatting malaria. The stamps will be issued in denominations of 15. 40. 70 and 3es? lire.
One of the designs reproduces a medal cast during the reign of Pope Sixtus V to commemorate his work in draining the malarial Pontine Marshes in 1588. The other reproduces an ancient map illustratint! Pone Pius VI's works for draining the same marshes in the late 18th century.
An inscription at the top of each stain') reads. Populi ()nines Contra Febres Palustres (All Peoples Against Malaria), In the lower corner of each stamp is a sketch of a malaria-carrying mosquito.