Together with diagnosis and treatment, in areas where malaria is rife, WHO recommends insecticide treated nets, spraying indoor walls with insecticides, and preventive medicines for the most vulnerable groups: pregnant women, under-fives and infants.
“WHO-recommended tools have made a measurable difference in the global malaria fight,” said Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO. “But we need a much bigger push for prevention – especially in Africa, which bears the greatest burden of malaria.
There’s a need for children to be protected from malaria. In 2015, more than two thirds of deaths (70%) from malaria were in children under the age of five, according to WHO. A new vaccine will be piloted in 2018 to help protect young children in Africa.
24-30th April is World Immunisation Week, which celebrates the widespread use of vaccines that protect people against 26 diseases. Overall, vaccines prevent an estimated 2-3 million deaths each year.
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