Progress in Eradicating Malaria
But the reality is still grim. If you look at the statistics, you see that things are not really changing, at least not yet. Maps released by the Malaria Atlas Project allow us to roughly compare 2007 with 2010, and though there are clearly some changes (WHO statistics do indicate that the total number of malaria cases has dropped over the last decade), in the big picture they are minor changes that could easily reverse themselves.
This is discouraging. I wonder how long it will take for all this new research to provide us with a successful (and likely multi-pronged) approach to loosening the grip of this terrible disease.
|Clinical burden of Plasmodium falciparum map in 2007 globally. CC BY 3.0|
|The spatial limits of Plasmodium falciparum malaria transmission|
map in 2010 globally. CC BY 3.0
There are many maps on the Malaria Atlas Project site. Anyone interested in this should have a look.