Significant progress has been made in the fight against malaria, said Wednesday the World Health Organization (WHO). Most countries have reached the last 15 years to halve the number of infections.
In 57 of the 106 countries involved, the number of new cases has dropped by at least 75%, while the decrease is 50 % or more in 18 other countries, WHO said.
But that is not a reason to give up the fight, shade the organization. This year, some 214 million people still have the disease and about 438,000 have died. This tropical disease is a leading cause of death in developing countries.
WHO said Tuesday the Maldives first country in South Asia free of the disease.