BugBitten is pleased to report an optimistic message about malaria control this Christmas! In the foreword to the annual WHO World Malaria Report, published in December, the Director- General Dr. Margaret Chan announced a 47% drop in malaria mortality world wide and a 58% drop in the WHO Africa Region. In addition, there was a decrease in malaria prevalence across Africa.
This success is attributed to 3 main interventions; the distribution of insecticide treated bednets, the provision of more diagnostic tests and the use of artemisinin-based combined therapies. This is very good news, however it is accompanied by a warning not to be complacent, as the threat posed by the continued development of drug resistance and insecticide resistance remains. Dr. Chan finishes with a plea to remain focussed on the goal of malaria elimination.
From all of us at Bugbitten, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!