"Extraordinary intensification" needed in fight against malaria
The goal of reducing the number of deaths caused by malaria to zero by 2015 can only be achieved by what's been described as an "extraordinary intensification" of the fight against the disease.
Speaking on World Malaria Day, the United Nations Secretary-General said over 780,000 people still die each year from malaria.
Radmilla Suleymanova reports
In order to save more lives, Ban Ki-Moon said it’s necessary to scale up what he called “life-saving and cost-effective interventions” such as mosquito nets and insecticide spraying.
He added that it was crucial to provide timely testing for people suspected of having malaria, and effective treatment for those infected.
Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease, but many people die because they are not treated quickly enough.
It’s estimated that 750,000 lives have been saved over the past decade as a result of the use of bed nets, spraying and better treatment.
Radmilla Suleymanova, United Nations