The World Health Organisation (WHO), has commended the African region for making significant progress in malaria control in the last five years.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said malaria incidence and mortality rates had declined by 42 per cent and 66 per cent respectively between 2000 and 2015.
Moeti made the commendation in Kigali, Rwanda, while speaking at the First Africa Health Forum, launched by WHO, Africa and the Government of Rwanda.
She said for the first time, a malaria vaccine has been launched by the organisation offering partial protection for children, especially those vulnerable to the disease.
Moeti said domestic governments from the WHO African region contributed over $528 million to support the fight against the disease in 2015.
She said the number of adults and children newly infected…
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