Please see excerpt below and http://www.latimes.com/world/global-development/la-fg-global-malaria-snap-201.... One really hopes that we will not lose the battle to malaria again.
Despite progress toward preventing the spread of malaria, the world is moving too slowly toward elimination of the disease, which still claims hundreds of thousands of lives each year, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
On the positive side, children and pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa have greater access to tools that stop the transmission of malaria, according to the annual World Malaria Report. Diagnostic testing for children and preventive treatment for pregnant women has risen steeply across the region over the last five years, and the use of nets treated with insecticide has expanded rapidly.
But overall progress toward eliminating the spread of the disease is threatened by “substantial gaps” in the number of people with access to those measures, and the fragile health systems that exist in many countries, the international health agency said.
In addition, “For the last five years, global funding for malaria has flat-lined,” Pedro Alonso, director of WHO’s global malaria program, told reporters in a telephone briefing. “If this flat line remains, we shall not be able to achieve the ambitious goals and targets that the world has agreed upon.”
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