Despite progress made, on a global scale, in the fight against Malaria, health experts say there is more that needs to be done as research continues on finding effective vaccine.
Over the last 10 to 15 years, deaths from Malaria have declined by 50 per cent as more people recognise symptoms and receive treatment; however, medical experts say that more preventative measures need to be taken to properly address Malaria in areas where the disease is prone to be contracted all year-round.
The World Health Organisation reports that 80 per cent of Malaria cases and 78 per cent of deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa where children make up the greater portion of recorded deaths.
Not sleeping under treated mosquito nets, the lack of quality treatment and drug-resistant cases are some of the factors contributing to the high rate of Malaria.
Pesticide resistance in bed nets is also highlighted as one of the found problems hindering the effective prevention, and treatment, of Malaria.
“We have to continue to find breakthroughs on malaria. We have to look for a vaccine or for a way to control mosquitoes more effectively, because malaria remains a horrible challenge, “said Dr Tom Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.