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Jakarta Post

Ending Malaria: A race against the clock

  • Rita Widiadana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 13 2018   /  02:14 am

Resurgence: The world is now facing the risk of a resurgent and multi-drug resistant malaria that has emerged in the Mekong subregion. (Courtesy of Gates Foundation--APLMA Road Map)The theme of this year’s World Malaria Day was “Ready to Beat Malaria”. But, are Indonesia and the world ready to defeat this deadly disease?Malaria, which means “bad air” in Italian, has been around for several thousands of years. Despite progress in intervention, medicine and research, the disease still affects millions of people.The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Malaria report 2017 says that in 2016, an estimated 216 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide: In the African region (90 percent), followed by the Southeast Asia region (7 percent) and the Eastern Mediterranean region (2 percent). It also said an estimated 445,000 people died of malaria globally in 2016, with Africa accounting ...