News in brief: October 2011
Efforts to control malaria over the past decade have helped cut the number of deaths from the disease by 38%, saving more than a million lives, the World Health Organization backed Roll Back Malaria partnership has calculated.
Such progress has followed a more than 15-fold increase in funding since 2003 and advances in diagnosis, treatment, and insecticidal net production. The partnership said the rate of success had prompted it to adopt a target of near zero deaths from malaria by 2015.
“The results of the past decade exceed what anyone could have predicted and prove that malaria control is working,” said Robert Newman, director of the WHO’s global malaria programme.
Around eight in 10 malaria cases, and more than 90% of malaria deaths, occur in sub-Saharan Africa. (http://reut.rs/qRaZT6)
Famine has spread to most of southern Somalia, with 750 000 people facing imminent starvation and hundreds dying every day, the United Nations