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Stronger Surveillance Needed To Maintain Progress Against Malaria, U.N. Says

In light of World Malaria Day, observed on April 25 each year, news outlets report on progress made and challenges around efforts to eliminate the disease.

Huffington Post: Malaria Is The ‘Greatest Success Story In Global Health’: Nonprofit
“A decade ago, up to 45 percent of all hospital admissions in Africa were caused by malaria, according to USAID. Today, the continent is in a dramatically better place regarding the mosquito-transmitted disease. About 3.3 million lives have been saved because of international malaria control interventions, the World Health Organization reports, and malaria mortality rates in African children have dropped by about 54 percent. … But there’s still significant work to be done…” (Couch, 4/25).

U.N. News Centre: On World Malaria Day, U.N. officials push for near zero preventable deaths
“The tide has turned on malaria, with mortality rates for children in Africa down by half, but a stronger surveillance system is urgently needed to prevent new outbreaks and resurgences, United Nations officials today warned, marking the sixth annual World Malaria Day…” (4/25).

UPI: World Malaria Day observed April 25
“The World Health Organization established April 25 as World Malaria Day in 2007 to raise awareness about the disease and to promote investment in funding prevention and control initiatives…” (Finley, 4/25).

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