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Malaria cases cut by 94% between 2003 -2015 in Zanzibar

5 February 2019

A paper in BMC Medicine reported that the number of new cases of malaria dropped by 94% between 2003-2015. This was due to community based interventions such as insecticide  treated bed nets and free  access to such prevention  focused  equipment as well as free malaria diagnosis and treatment.  The aim is for Zanzibar to be malaria free by 2023. This is quite a challenge even for the relatively more feasible setting of an island . Eliminating malaria on mainland Africa will be a much harder endeavour.

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