On World Malaria Day Momentum Still Needed to Sustain Current Efforts
Despite increased prevention and control measures "dramatically reducing the malaria burden in many places," in 2010 an estimated 655,000 people died from the disease - most of them African children, according the latest Fact Sheet from the World Health Organization.
Malaria mortality rates have fallen by more than 25% globally since 2000, and by 33% in the WHO African Region, according to the World Malaria Report 2011, but in Africa one child still dies every minute from the disease, accounting for around 90% of all malaria mortality.
“Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria” is this year’s World Malaria Day Theme as international organizations and ministries of health race to meet the 2015 Millenium Development Goal 6: Halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases.
Major efforts from USAID for preventing and treating malaria include:
- Insecticide-treated mosquito nets
- Indoor residual spraying
- Intermittent prevention treatment for pregnant women
- Lifesaving drugs
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