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Malaria mortality rates fall by 25% globally

Mortality rates from malaria fell by more than 25% in the last decade with millions of deaths averted. A report released at the ongoing Annual meeting of the African Union and Ministers of Economy and Finance has said. The report was released on Friday in Abuja. It said mortality rate from malaria fell by more than 25% globally and more that one million deaths from malaria were averted over the last decade. The report also said death rates from tuberculosis at the global level and in several regions were likely to be halved by 2015, compared to the 1990 levels. It also revealed that the child mortality rate had dropped by 47% since 1990 with 17,000 fewer children dying each day. In spite of these unquestionable achievements, it said malaria still remained the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among under-five, more than 16 times the average for developed regions. The report called for obvious investment and renewed commitment from national government and stakeholders, including the international community. This, it said, would help to sustain gains and improve the well being of population and critical factor of production in the track of leveraging the demographic dividend. The report said that unprecedented global challenges such as climate change, drought, flooding and terrorism posed serious threat for malaria intervention funding. It added that global resources available for malaria did not match the expected resource requirements, adding that it resulted to expected funding gap of 2. 5 billion dollars.
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