The Economist Examines Global Efforts To Eliminate Malaria, Zambia’s Attempts To Lower Case Numbers

The Economist: Malaria is fighting back against efforts to eliminate it
“These should be hopeful days for those battling malaria. Deaths from the disease have fallen to around 435,000 a year, from perhaps five times that number a century ago. … But two big clouds darken the outlook. One is the stubborn persistence of malaria south of the Sahara. The other is the emergence of new strains of the disease resistant to the available treatments…” (Long, 5/30).

The Economist: Zambia cuts malaria fatalities, but not the number of cases
“…Zambia has tried hard to tackle the disease. It was the first African country to use artemisinin combination therapy, the recommended treatment. Some 70% of Zambians have access to treated bed nets or indoor sprays. Most anti-malaria funding comes from the American government or via the Global Fund. … According to the WHO, reported deaths fell from 9,369 in 2001 to fewer than 1,425 in 2017. But the number of cases — 3.5m a year — has barely budged since 2014. Zambia hopes by 2021 to become the first sub-Saharan African country to eliminate malaria. That goal is admirable, but wildly ambitious…” (5/30).

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