Some Good News: Malaria Deaths Drop by 60 Percent
According to a joint report by Unicef and the WHO Malaria is in retreat across Africa:
Between 2000 and 2015, malaria incidence fell by 37% globally and death rates by 60%. However, serious bottlenecks remain in providing full access to malaria prevention, diagnostic testing and treatment. Progress has been uneven, with some countries carrying a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. Fifteen countries – mainly in sub-Saharan Africa – account for 80% of malaria cases and 78% of deaths globally.
In May 2015, the World Health Assembly adopted the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030. The strategy aims at a further 90% reduction in global malaria incidence and mortality by 2030. The report notes that these targets can only be achieved with political will, country leadership and significantly increased investment.
Picture Malaria-infected Red Blood Cell, courtesy of NIAD, released under Creative Commons via flickr.