The World Health Organisation has said on Wednesday that malaria still infects millions of people every year and kills more than 400,000 – mostly children in Africa – because the fight against the mosquito-borne disease has stalled.
The organisation called on donor nations and governments in countries affected by the disease to step up the fight.
He cited significant reductions in malaria cases and deaths since 2010 when case numbers fell from 239 million to 214 million in 2015, and deaths fell from 607,000 to approximately 500,000 in 2013.
Cases in 2018 were down slightly – to 228 million from about 231 million in 2017 – and the number of deaths declined to 405,000 from 416,000 in 2017.
The WHO’s report found that pregnant women and children in Africa continued to bear the brunt of the malaria epidemic.
In November, Science Magazine reported that the first malaria vaccineMore than a third of young children in sub-Saharan Africa in 2018 also were still not sleeping under a mosquito net, which could protect them from the infection, the report found.