We Need to Stop Drug-Resistant Malaria at Its Source, Right Now

Immediate, targeted interventions in Southeast Asia could prevent a pandemic.

Global investments in malaria control and elimination are now at risk of being rapidly reversed. Cambodia is where malarial drug resistance historically emerges and spreads globally; it appears we are currently watching history repeat itself.  Radical action must be taken immediately to stop these nearly incurable strains of the disease from evolving and spreading.

Considerable investments have averted millions of malaria-attributable deaths since 2000. Nevertheless, one person (usually a child) still dies every 1.2 minutes from this disease. There was no reduction in mortality overall between 2015 and 2016, and mortality actually increased in some regions. In the most recent World Malaria Report, 219 million cases were reported in 2017, an increase of two million.

In full: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/we-need-to-stop-drug-resistant-malaria-at-its-source-right-now/

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