Worldwide malaria target achieved

Worldwide malaria target achieved.
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Since 2000, malaria death rates have decreased by 60 percent, meeting the target set for global malaria elimination, but there are still countless people who need protection against the serious illness.

The majority of people who still need help live in 15 countries located within sub-Saharan Africa. Eighty percent of malaria cases and malaria deaths from around the world take place within these 15 countries.

“Global malaria control is one of the great public health success stories of the past 15 years,” Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO), said. “It’s a sign that our strategies are on target, and that we can beat this ancient killer, which still claims hundreds of thousands of lives, mostly children, each year.”

People of any age can contract malaria, but children remain the biggest concern.

“Malaria kills mostly young children, especially those living in the poorest and most remote places,” UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said. “So the best way to celebrate global progress in the fight against it is to recommit ourselves to reaching and treating them.”

A report released by both the WHO and the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), titled Achieving the Malaria Millennium Development Goal Target, demonstrates the MDG target has been met.

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