Malaria progress falters; critics say WHO goal unrealistic

Print
Email
|

Associated Press

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 17 at 12:07 PM

LONDON (AP) — A report from the World Health Organization says the fight against malaria is slowing down amid a dramatic drop in efforts to reverse the epidemic.

Two years ago, about 145 million bed nets were given out across Africa to protect people against the mosquitoes that spread the killer disease. Last year, that number fell to about 66 million. The number of homes in Africa sprayed with pesticides has also stalled, as have attempts to treat pregnant women, one of the high-risk groups.

While the malaria death rate has fallen by a quarter since 2000, officials say further improvements are in jeopardy.

WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan says "urgency and determination" are needed to keep making progress toward the goal of eliminating malaria by the end of 2015.

WHO estimates there were about 219 million malaria cases and 660,000 deaths in 2010.

Malaria causes symptoms including fever, chills, and vomiting and can kill if not treated early. It mainly strikes children under 5, mostly in Africa.

%@AP Links

175-v-32-(Charles de Ledesma, correspondent)--The global fight against malaria could be slowing down, according to the World Health Organization, and that has researchers worried. Correspondent Charles de Ledesma reports. (17 Dec 2012)

<<CUT *175 (12/17/12)>> 00:32

APPHOTO LON504: FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2005 file photo, a mother gently places her son in a basket as she takes him to a Medecins Sans Frontieres clinic after he contracted malaria, in Lankien, Southern Sudan. The fight against malaria is slowing down with a dramatic drop in the number of protective bednets distributed last year, even as health officials insist they will try to meet their ambitious target of eliminating deaths from the parasitic disease by the end of 2015. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, File) (17 Dec 2012)

<<APPHOTO LON504 (12/17/12)>>

APPHOTO LON503: FILE - In this June 4, 2012 file photo, vehicles move past Pakistani day laborers sleeping under a mosquito net in the middle of a road in Islamabad, Pakistan. The fight against malaria is slowing down with a dramatic drop in the number of protective bednets distributed last year, even as health officials insist they will try to meet their ambitious target of eliminating deaths from the parasitic disease by the end of 2015. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File) (4 Jun 2012)

<<APPHOTO LON503 (06/04/12)>>

APPHOTO LON506: FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2011 file photo, a Delhi Municipal employee fumigates the ground where supporters of Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, seen in a poster at center, gather to protest, in New Delhi, India. The fight against malaria is slowing down with a dramatic drop in the number of protective bednets distributed last year, even as health officials insist they will try to meet their ambitious target of eliminating deaths from the parasitic disease by the end of 2015. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File) (27 Dec 2011)

<<APPHOTO LON506 (12/27/11)>>

APPHOTO LON505: FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2008 file photo, displaced people gather around the coffin containing the body of Rebecca Yalala, who died the day before of complications from diabetes and malaria, as they prepare to bury her in a grove of banana trees near a camp for displaced people, in Bulengo, near Goma, eastern Congo. The fight against malaria is slowing down with a dramatic drop in the number of protective bednets distributed last year, even as health officials insist they will try to meet their ambitious target of eliminating deaths from the parasitic disease by the end of 2015. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, File) (18 Nov 2008)

<<APPHOTO LON505 (11/18/08)>>

Print
Email
|