Deaths due to Malaria on the decline:WHO
The number of deaths due to malaria has declined by 20 per cent over the past decade as efforts to scale up malaria control programmes gather pace, according to the World Health Organization.
WHO says between 2008 and 2010 more than 650 million people in Africa have been protected against malaria through the provision of insecticide treated mosquito nets and indoor spraying.
WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan says at least 52 malaria endemic countries have managed to reduce the incidence of malaria by half, while Morocco and Turkmenistan have been certified by WHO as malaria-free.
“Eleven of Africa’s 43 endemic countries are now reporting reductions of greater than 50 per cent in either confirmed malaria cases or deaths over the past decade. Outside Africa the malaria map is shrinking as more and more countries eliminate malaria from their territory. Each country that eliminates malaria benefits all others but most especially its immediate neighbourhoods.”
WHO however says the recent gains are fragile noting that the momentum can only be sustained through increased funding for the malaria control programme.
In 2010, the global malaria control programme received 1.8 billion dollars in funding against a budget more than 6 billion dollars.