Why Ending Malaria May Be More About Backhoes Than Bed Nets
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Fewer people are dying now from the mosquito-borne disease than at any other time in history. “And there’s a very, very strong belief now that malaria can be eliminated,” says Joy Phumaphi, who chairs the African Leaders Malaria Alliance.
But when you look at the overall numbers on malaria, eradication almost seems like a pipe dream.
In 2010, malaria was ranked as the seventh biggest killer in the developing world. More than 200 million people got malaria in 2012, and more than 600,000 of those infected died.