Number Of Annual Malaria Deaths Drops Below 500K, As Many Countries Move Toward Elimination, WHO Report Shows

News outlets highlight findings from the WHO’s World Malaria Report 2015, released on Tuesday.

Associated Press: U.N. says malaria cases drop but progress in Africa is slower
“The number of malaria cases worldwide has dropped in recent years but the countries with the biggest outbreaks have made the least progress, according to a new report Tuesday by the World Health Organization…” (Cheng, 12/8).

CIDRAP News: WHO reports further declines in global malaria burden
“In its annual report card on the global battle against malaria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today that 57 of 106 countries that recorded cases in 2000 have cut new infections by 75 percent and that 18 more have reduced their burden by 50 percent to 75 percent…” (Schnirring, 12/8).

Reuters: Malaria deaths drop below half a million, Africa makes progress: WHO
“…The World Health Organization’s annual malaria report showed deaths falling to 438,000 in 2015 — down dramatically from 839,000 in 2000 — and found a significant increase in the number of countries moving toward the elimination of malaria. Malaria prevention measures — such as bednets and indoor and outdoor spraying — have averted millions of deaths and saved millions of dollars in health care costs over the past 14 years in many African countries, the report said…” (Kelland, 12/8).