Gains in fight against malaria ...

Africa Renewal - - In­ter­view -

While malaria is no longer the lead­ing cause of death of chil­dren un­der the age of five in Africa ( pneu­mo­nia is), the dis­ease still threat­ens the young, killing a child ev­ery two min­utes, ac­cord­ing to non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion Malaria No More. Progress made in African coun­tries has also been un­even.

Al­ge­ria, Botswana, Cape Verde, Eritrea and Swazi­land have all ex­pe­ri­enced sharp de­creases in malaria cases, while just two coun­tries, the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo and Nige­ria, ac­count for more than 35% of all malaria deaths world­wide. Of these two, Nige­ria, Africa's most pop­u­lous na­tion, faces greater risk. Some 100,000 Nige­ri­ans die from malaria ev­ery year, states Malaria Con­sor­tium, a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion fight­ing the dis­ease.

The Nige­rian gov­ern­ment has launched a na­tional malaria elim­i­na­tion pro­gramme, ramp­ing up the dis­tri­bu­tion of mos­quito nets and ac­cess to drug

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