Roll Back Malaria says that preventive measures stopping malaria's spread

The Roll Back Malaria Partnership has estimated that the total number of malaria deaths has fallen 38 percent worldwide as a result of stepped up use of preventive measures in the past decade.
The global campaign to fight malaria attributed the drop in deaths to the use of anti-malaria bed nets, spraying and drugs and restated its goal of eliminating nearly all malaria deaths by 2015, the Associated Press reports.
The partnership estimates that the lives of 1.1 million children under the age of five were saved in sub-Saharan Africa, most of them in the last five years. The report also said that malaria cases have been reduced by 50 percent or more in 43 countries, including 11 in Africa.
"Malaria is on the retreat across the globe," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a news conference at the launching of the report, according to the AP.
Professor Awa Maria Coll-Seck, the campaign's executive director, wants to raise the bar by aiming to reduce malaria deaths to near zero by 2015 in countries that are endemic. The same goal was announced in 2008, when the partnership launched a $3 billion plan to reduce malaria deaths during the allotted time period.
"We aim to reduce malaria deaths to near zero by 2015 in all endemic countries," Coll-Seck said, according to the AP. "We want to mobilize everybody to ensure that we will not be far from this target."
According to the report, Europe is on track to eliminate malaria by 2015, while three countries have been certified as malaria free – Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco. Twenty-six countries are in varying stages of eliminating malaria.
"What we need to fight malaria every year is around $5-6 billion," Coll-Seck said, the Associated Press reports. "Now more than ever, we have good reason to continue investing in malaria control: A malaria-free world is possible for the new generation."
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership was founded in 1998 by the U.N. health, children and development agencies along with the World Bank and has more than 500 partner organizations from the public and private sector.