Millions of children’s lives saved as malaria deaths plunge: UN

A Zambian boy sits inside a mosquito net offered by the Roll Back Malaria Zambezi Expedition in Matongo villageRates of death from malaria have plunged by 60 percent in the past 15 years, meaning more than 6 million lives have been saved – the vast majority of them African children, United Nations agencies said on Thursday. In a joint World Health Organisation (WHO)-UNICEF report, experts also said 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".



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