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Finishing Off Malaria

Though the fight against malaria has lately gained momentum, it is far from over, with children in Sub-Saharan Africa often suffering through multiple bouts of malaria before they reach the age of five. As Senegal's experience proves, a combination of commitment, planning, and investment is the key to eliminating the scourge.


JEDDAH – Malaria has long been one of the major killer diseases of our age. World Health Organization data show that as much as half of the world’s population is at risk. But roughly 90% of malaria cases and 92% of malaria deaths take place in just one region: Sub-Saharan Africa.

Europe and North America live completely free of malaria. But children in Sub-Saharan Africa often suffer through multiple bouts of the disease before they reach the age of five. And children below the age of five account for 70% of malaria-related deaths. Pregnant women who contract the disease can suffer serious health complications.

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