World Meets Malaria MDG But Disease Remains Acute Problem In Some Regions, U.N. Report Says

News outlets continue to highlight findings from a U.N. report showing the world has met the Millennium Development Goal on malaria.

International Business Times: Malaria Death Rates Decreased In The Past 15 Years, But Some Regions Still Hurt More Than Others: Report
“…In 2000, malaria killed almost 840,000 people worldwide, while in 2015, the disease is expected to cause about 438,000 deaths, according to the report Thursday from the World Health Organization and the U.N.’s children’s fund, also known as UNICEF. The U.N. said the reduction in deaths has been the result of improved testing and the distribution of mosquito nets, which has increased in recent years. About a billion nets have been distributed since 2000…” (Lidgett, 9/17).

U.N. News Centre: Global malaria target met amid sharp drop in cases, but 3 billion people still at risk — U.N.
“…The joint report by WHO and the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) — Achieving the Malaria Millennium Development Goal Target — shows that the MDG target of halving and beginning to reverse the incidence of malaria by 2015 has been met ‘convincingly.’ … But malaria remains an acute public health problem in many regions…” (9/17).

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