WHO: World Malaria Report 2016 – Malaria control improves for vulnerable in Africa, but global progress off-track

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http://www.who.int/malaria/publications/world-malaria-report-2016/report/en/

Press Release at

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2016/malaria-control-africa/en/

[extracts of Press release below]

Malaria control improves for vulnerable in Africa, but global progress off-track

News release

13 December 2016 | GENEVA – WHO’s World Malaria Report 2016 reveals that children and pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa have greater access to effective malaria control. Across the region, a steep increase in diagnostic testing for children and preventive treatment for pregnant women has been reported over the last 5 years. Among all populations at risk of malaria, the use of insecticide-treated nets has expanded rapidly…

Diagnostic testing enables health providers to rapidly detect malaria and prescribe life-saving treatment. New findings presented in the report show that, in 2015, approximately half (51%) of children with a fever seeking care at a public health facility in 22 African countries received a diagnostic test for malaria, compared to 29% in 2010…

In many countries, health systems are under-resourced and poorly accessible to those most at risk of malaria. In 2015, a large proportion (36%) of children with a fever were not taken to a health facility for care in 23 African countries…

If global targets are to be met, funding from both domestic and international sources must increase substantially.

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