Progress is made in fighting malaria

Progress has been made in fighting malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa where the number of people who have received nets to prevent mosquito bites has increased from 5 per cent in 2000 to 76 per cent today.

Fighting malaria

That’s according to the Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Dr. Awa Marie Coll-Seck.

Dr. Coll-Seck points out that a lot of attention is being given to malaria and more funds are made available to fight the disease. .

She says that at least 43 countries in the last ten years have reduced malaria by 50 per cent and eleven of those countries are in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Seventy-six per cent of the population at risk in Sub-Saharan Africa are covered by the lifesaving nets and coming from 5 per cent in 2000. Malaria moved from the first cause of death among children under five in 2000 in Sub-Saharan Africa to the third cause in 2010.”

World Malaria Day is observed on 25 April to focus attention on efforts to combat the disease.

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