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Efforts against malaria “paying off”

8 Dec 2014

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Mother and child under a mosquito net. Malaria. © Wendy Stone/IRIN

Efforts to combat malaria over the last decades are paying off with mortality rates dropping by almost half, according to a senior official of the United Nations health agency.

The World Malaria Report 2014, released by the World Health Organization (WHO) says that, eleven countries have succeeded in maintaining zero cases of malaria and another four reported fewer than 10 local cases annually.

Dr Pedro Alonso is the newly appointed Director of the World Health Organization’s Global Malaria Programme.

“In a rather unambiguous way, this report confirms, good, I even dare say very good news in the fight against malaria, and it just confirms that the efforts that the international community has been carried out over the last decade are paying off good results. Global malaria mortality rates have decreased by 47 per cent and cases since declined by 30 per cent if you take the year 2000 to 2013.” (28″)

Across Sub-Saharan Africa, the report shows that the number people infected with malaria which is caused by mosquito bites fell from 173 million in the year 2000 to 128 million in 2013.

WHO attributes this success to increased access to insecticide-treated bed nets, and points out that a record 214 million bed nets are scheduled for delivery to endemic countries in Africa by year-end.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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