Malaria deaths dropped over the last six years, report reveals

Due to multiple factors like insecticide-treated nets, the use of artemisinin-based combination therapies and an overall downward revision of childhood mortality, the number of malaria deaths dropped between 2004 and 2010.
There were 800,000 worldwide malaria deaths in 2004, compared with 655,000 deaths in 2010. Richard Cibulskis, the lead author of the World Malaria Report, said that fighting malaria is no longer a losing battle, the BBC reports.
"It is remarkable progress," Cibulskis said, according to the BBC. "When I began working in the malaria field in Africa we were fighting a losing battle. Now all that has changed and the risk of dying from malaria has fallen by a third in a decade."
Even though there has been major progress, malaria remains a major public health threat. Nine out of 10 deaths from the disease are in Africa and the vast majority are children under the age of five. There are also concerns related to continuing the steps forward against the disease.
A major concern that remains despite the improvement is the increased presence of drug resistance against malaria treatments. To prevent resistance, it is vital that artemisinin treatments are given in combination, but 25 countries continue to allow the marketing of monotherapies. Another concern is the global funding of malaria control, which is expected to peak at $2 billion this year and fall to $1.5 billion by 2015.