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A promise to return. Freetown, Sierra Leone
Yes, we really can eradicate malaria. Malaria occurs in nearly 100 countries worldwide, exacting a huge toll on human health and imposing a heavy social and economic burden in developing countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. An estimated 207 million people suffered from the disease in 2012, and about 627,000 died. About 90 percent of the deaths were in Sub-Saharan Africa, and 77 percent were among children under age 5.
Malaria is preventable and treatable, and history shows that it can be eliminated. Less than a century ago, it was prevalent across the world, including Europe and North America. Malaria was eliminated in most of Western Europe by the mid-1930s; the United States achieved elimination of the disease in 1951.
While The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the forefront leaders in their work to prevent, treat, and eventually eradicate malaria, any efforts impact this global health epidemic on smaller scales. The country-wide malaria net campaigns do not often reach the rural parts of the countries in West Africa. Those who acquire their own net, do not always have the benefit of it being an LLIN--or the mesh may possess holes or weak material that allows penetration by mosquitoes carrying P. falciparum, the multidrug resistant strain of malaria present in all malarious areas of Sierra Leone.