Finally, Good News About Malaria: 6 Reasons Fewer People Are Dying

December 15, 2014 Updated: December 15, 2014
 Ebola is still dominating the headlines out of Africa, but away from the media spotlight there’s good news in the battle against a disease that kills far more people: malaria. The rate of deaths caused by the mosquito-borne illness has been cut in half in the last 13 years, according to a World Health Organization report released this week. In 2000, the disease claimed 882,000 lives; last year, that number dropped to 584,000. Taking into account population growth over that time, that works out to a 47 percent drop in mortality rates; the fall was even further in Africa, where 90 percent of all malaria deaths occur.
 
Children run with advertising banners for the fight against malaria. (Photo credit should read Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images)
Children run with advertising banners for the fight against malaria. (Photo credit should read Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images)

 

So how exactly is this war being won? Here are some of the key tactics, according to the report:

1. Mosquito nets

2. Insecticide spray

3. Preventive therapies for pregnant women

4. Rapid diagnosis

5. Widespread treatment

6. Increased funding worldwide

This article was originally published on www.TakePart.com, on Dec 11, 2014. Read the complete article here.

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