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World Health Organization: “Progress in the fight against malaria has stalled”
An alarming report from WHO, stating that the number of malaria infections increased from 211 to 216 million in Asia, Africa and South America. Although precise numbers are difficult to obtain in countries with under-developed health care systems, the apparent trend worries researchers. Access to treatment might be in jeopardy, and there is evidence that the parasite causing malaria might become resistant to the widely-used drug artemisinin. According to the WHO report, budget cuts for anti-malaria programmes are the main cause of the uprise of malaria.

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Official report: World Health Organization. World Malaria Report 2017 (WHO, 2017)