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Fight Against Malaria Shows Progress In New WHO Report

Malaria cases have been cut by almost 50 percent in 11 African countries, according to a World Health Organization report documenting eradication efforts since 2008. The report also says the disease was eradicated in Morocco and Turkmenistan.

The Reuters story on the report quotes the WHO as saying that Malaria deaths could be eliminated by 2015 with enough funding for anti-malarial projects. Their story goes on to say that yearly deaths from the disease have dropped by more than 200,000 since the year 2000:

Progress has been made over the decade, with deaths estimated to have dropped to 781,000 last year from nearly 1 million in 2000, the WHO said in its World Malaria Report 2010.