Netting the gains: malaria at bay

Monday, April 25, 2016

On April 25th people across the globe take part in a wide range of activities to mark World Malaria Day.

This interesting article in the Economist notes the significant progress made thanks to aggressive campaigns over the past 15 years to provide insecticide-treated mosquito nets and antimalarial medicines. These have helped to cut the rate of new infections by 37% and deaths by 60% in countries where the disease is endemic.

However these victories are fragile: prevention and treatment are patchy in the worst-hit regions, and international aid has flat-lined as rich-world economic growth has slowed. As the parasite evolves, some treatments become less effective. 

A continuous effort is needed for controlling this disease that affects particularly our continent. 

You will find more information on World Malaria Day on their website : http://www.worldmalariaday.org/

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