Even though the global malaria mortality rate plummeted by 40% between 2000-2013, the battle is far from over, says WHO, marking World Malaria Day (April 25).
The disease claimed nearly 600,000 lives in 2013, and children under 5 accounted for at least three-fourths of global deaths. Plus an estimated 278 million people in Africa still live in households without a single insecticide-treated bed net, despite its low cost.
Part of the problem: growing resistance to the frontline drug artemisinin in Southeast Asian nations like Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. It’s also suspected, though not proven, to have taken hold in South America.
AFP via The Daily Star (Lebanon)