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Malaria Cases Decline But Many Still At Risk

News outlets report on continued efforts to eliminate malaria in Asia and Africa. While the number of deaths due to malaria declines, many are still at risk of the disease.

IRIN: Malaria fight sees decade of progress, with pitfalls ahead
“A lot can change in a decade … the field looks very different, in large part because ample funding is now available, from the Global Fund, the President’s Malaria Initiative (a U.S. government program) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. … But there has been one serious change for the worse. ACTs — which have underpinned this success — have stopped working in areas around the Thailand-Cambodia border, an area where drug resistance often first appears…” (Blunt, 3/3).

SciDev.Net: Africa malaria cases ‘decline but more still at risk’
“Despite substantial decline in transmission rates of malaria in endemic African countries from 2000 to 2010, the continent is still saddled with millions of people at risk of the disease, a modelling study says…” (Kathure, 2/28).