Global Efforts To Treat, Prevent Malaria Help World Reach MDG, Africa Significantly Reduce Cases

News outlets discuss findings from a WHO/UNICEF report showing the Millennium Development Goal on malaria has been met and a study published in the journal Nature showing the positive effects of malaria control programs in Africa since 2000.

Agence France-Presse: Malaria deaths fall 60 percent since 2000: U.N.
“Malaria deaths worldwide have fallen by 60 percent since 2000, the U.N. said Thursday, with improved diagnostic tests and the massive distribution of mosquito nets aiding dramatic progress against the disease…” (9/17).

BBC News: Malaria: ‘700 million cases’ stopped in Africa
“Nearly 700 million cases of malaria have been prevented in Africa as a result of concerted efforts to tackle the disease since 2000, a study shows. The report published in the journal Nature showed that overall the number of infections fell by 50 percent across the continent…” (Gallagher, 9/17).

Deutsche Welle: Malaria deaths down 60 percent, says WHO
“…While the number of overall cases [globally] fell by just 20 percent, the number of people killed by the disease has plummeted to an estimated 438,000 in 2015. Fifteen years ago, an estimated 262,000,000 malaria cases resulted in nearly 840,000 deaths, most of them children under five, the [WHO/UNICEF report] said…” (9/17).

Newsweek: Malaria Deaths Fall by Millions Since 2000: U.N. Report
“…Children under five are especially vulnerable to the disease, accounting for two-thirds of all malaria related deaths. In the last 15 years the death rate for under-fives fell by 65 percent, with the report estimating this means 5.9 million children’s lives were saved…” (Draper, 9/17).

Reuters: Millions of children’s lives saved as malaria deaths plunge: U.N.
“…The report found an increasing number of countries on the verge of eliminating malaria. In 2014, 13 countries reported zero cases and six had fewer than 10 cases. Yet despite enormous progress, malaria remains an acute problem in some regions, the report said…” (Kelland, 9/16).

VOA News: Report: Drop in Malaria Deaths an Unprecedented Success
“…The U.N. agencies aim to reduce global malaria deaths and cases by 90 percent by 2030 but said nearly $9 billion would be needed to achieve this Sustainable Development Goal over the next 15 years” (Schlein, 9/16).

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