Millions of children’s lives saved as malaria death reduces- UN

Rates of death from malaria have reduced by 60% in the past 15years, in mostly African children, United Nation Agencies said on Thursday.  In a joint, World Health Organization report, experts also said that a crucial MDG to reduce the incidence of malaria by 2015 has be met convincingly with new cases of parasitic mosquito- borne diseases down by 37% since 2000.
This is one of the public health success stories according to WHO Director- General Margaret Chan.
Malaria kills mostly children especially those living in the poorest and most remote places. A study by the Malaria Atlas Project at Britain’s Oxford University found that by far the most important intervention in reducing cases and deaths has been the use of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs).
The UN now has a new goal for malaria control to cut the number of new cases and deaths by a further 90% by 2030.

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