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Malaria still hangs on the necks of the population at large after decades of battling it, with a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden in Sub-Saharan Africa which houses most malaria cases and deaths.
In 2017, nearly half of the world’s population was at risk of malaria and 87 countries had ongoing malaria transmission.
There have been some improvements in the measures to prevent and control malaria that are intensely reducing the burden of malaria in many places. For instance, according to WHO, From 2010 as of 2016, malaria mortality rate had fallen globally by 29% among all age groups and by 35% among children under 5, who are exceptionally at high risk.
There has also been the introduction of campaigns, awareness days and initiatives with the hard work, commitment and collaboration of organisations to help eradicate and eliminate malaria.
Currently, the WHO has launched a scientific breakthrough with the introduction of the world’s first malaria vaccine (RTS,S) to provide partial protection against malaria in young children.
The RTS,S vaccine is a pilot program for children under 2 years starting in Malawi, Ghana, and Kenya with the aim of reaching about 360,000 children each year to slow down one of the world’s deadliest and oldest diseases.
Certainly, these global efforts denote signs of progress and hope for the future in eradicating infectious diseases which have claimed so many lives for decades.
Although there’s still a long way to go when it comes to infectious diseases like malaria, Increased public awareness, education, and continuous research are a stepping stone for a malaria-free future.
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