Press release – World Malaria Day 2015: progress at risk with spread of drug resistance

Brussels, 24 April – As the international community takes stock of the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals, Members of European Parliament are gravely concerned by the looming threat of drug resistant malaria. Currently concentrated in Asia, drug resistance could rapidly spread to India or Africa and undo all the progress made in eliminating the disease to date. Urgent political action is thus needed in order to mobilise sufficient resources to face a potential malaria resurgence. At present, there are 198 million cases of malaria annually, causing 580,000 deaths. 90% of these occur in Africa. Worryingly, mosquitoes in South East ...
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