malaria decline.jpgThe United Nations says the expansion of malaria prevention and control measures have resulted in a decline of more than 25% in the number of deaths caused by the disease in the past decade in Africa.

The world malaria report by the World Health Organisation, (WHO), attributes the success to the widespread use of bed nets, better diagnostics and greater availability of effective drugs.

The agency, however, warned that a projected shortfall in funding for the global anti-malaria campaign threatens the fragile gains, stressing that the double challenge of emerging resistance to drugs and insecticide needs to be addressed.

The director of WHO’s Global Malaria Programme, Mr Robert Newman says the future depends heavily on assuring the resources that are needed to carry on the fight, and on looking for ways to improve efficiency.

He also stressed the need to intensify anti-malaria efforts in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Ivory Coast and Mali, which account for 60% of the global malaria burden across the world.