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Malaria fight saves 750,000, report finds

Programs to fight malaria, such as distribution of bed nets and drugs and spraying insecticides, have saved nearly 750,000 lives over the past 10 years, according to a report released on Tuesday.

There is no vaccine against malaria, caused when mosquitoes spread parasites from one person to another. Bug spray, bed nets and drugs that suppress the infection can all help prevent the spread.

But 850,000 people die of malaria in a year, according to WHO, most of them young children.

“Every $1,025 spent on insecticide-treated nets will protect 380 children and save one child’s life each year,” reads the report, released by the group Roll Back Malaria Partnership.

“If country prevention rates are maintained at this year’s levels until 2015, then 906,000 African children’s lives can be saved.”

“The findings from this report clearly show the efficacy of our efforts to save lives, especially among children in Africa,” Awa Coll Seck of Roll Back Malaria said in a statement.

September 16, 2010 - Posted by | Consumer Health

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