A joint World Health Organisation (WHO)-UNICEF report has revealed that rates of death from malaria have plunged by 60 percent in the past 15 years. This means that more than 6 million lives have been saved – the vast majority of them African children, United Nations agencies pointed out on Thursday. Experts also declared that a crucial Millennium Development Goal, to halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria by 2015, has been met “convincingly”, with new cases of the parasitic, mosquito-borne disease down by 37 percent since 2000.
WHO Director-General, Margaret Chan, hailed it as “one of the great public health success stories of the past 15 years”. Read More