ATLANTA— The world has made remarkable progress against malaria in the past 10 to 15 years. Deaths have been cut by half. More people are getting treated. And research on an effective vaccine continues.
Yet more needs to be done.
Eighty percent of malaria cases and 78 percent of deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the World Health Organization. Most of those who die are young children.
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told VOA that in some African hospitals, 60 percent of the patients suffer from malaria.