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Progress on malaria stalls amid decline in funding

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 05 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5645
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. Kolkata, India

Malaria cases across the globe increased by 5 million during 2016, suggesting a slowdown in the progress of global malaria control initiatives, a new report suggests.1

The World Malaria Report 2017 by the World Health Organization says that global malaria cases have declined steadily since 2010 (237 million), but there was a significant increase in the number of cases in 2016 (216 million) compared with 2015 (211 million).

Thanks to global control initiatives, the incidence rate for the disease decreased significantly—from 76 per 1000 population in …

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