Don’t Quit the Fight

Stagnant funding to fight malaria worldwide is stalling progress to fight the disease—cases increased 5 million from 2015-2016, according to new WHO numbers. Drug-resistant strains spreading in Asia are a central worry.

Less than half of the necessary US $6.5 billion to fight malaria was spent in 2016.

It’s a striking failure given that malaria numbers plummeted 62% between 2000 and 2015, with the delivery of gold-standard drugs and rapid diagnostic tests, says WHO’s Pedro Alonso: “For the first time… we have stopped making progress.”

Africa, South America and Asia are at the center of the spike. Deaths remained stagnant around 445,000.

Nature

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