Malaria death rates have plummeted since 2000

Sep 17, 2015, 12:56 PM EDT
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The World Health Organization has issued a report detailing how more than 6 million lives have been saved over the last 15 years as deaths from malaria have plummeted 60%. Most of the lives saved have been African children. Al Jazeera America reports:

In a World Health Organization (WHO)–UNICEF report, experts also said that a crucial Millennium Development Goal to halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria by 2015 has been met "convincingly,” with new cases of the parasitic mosquito-borne disease down by 37 percent since 2000.
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan hailed it as "one of the great public health success stories of the past 15 years.”
"It's a sign that our strategies are on target and that we can beat this ancient killer," she said in a statement.
The report found an increasing number of countries on the verge of eliminating malaria. In 2014, 13 countries reported zero cases and six had fewer than 10 cases.
Nearly 700 million cases of malaria have been prevented in Africa as a result of concerted efforts to tackle the disease since 2000, a study shows.
The report published in the journal Nature showed that overall the number of infections fell by 50% across the continent.
Bed nets were responsible for the vast majority of the decrease.
There have also been calls to maintain funding to ensure the progress is not undone.
Meanwhile, a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the charity Unicef say malaria death rates have fallen 60% globally since 2000 and more than six million lives have been saved.
The report said 13 countries that had malaria in 2000 reported no cases in 2014 while a further six countries had fewer than ten cases.
However, Africa still accounts from 80% of cases and 78% of deaths.