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Fears about drug-resistant Malaria

Fears about drug-resistant Malaria

Updated 30 October 2012, 17:35 AEDT

Every year malaria infects 216 million people, killing more than 650,000 and after Africa, Asia is the second most malaria-ridden region.

Since the year 2000, 43 malaria-endemic countries have reported declines in cases by 50 per cent or more.

But that progress is threatened by the spread of drug-resistant malaria from the Greater Mekong Basin, where it was first discovered in 2009.

In the lead-up to the Malaria 2012 conference which kicks off in Sydney on Wednesday, the Roll-Back Malaria partnership led a field visit over the weekend to the Thai-Burma border.

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Speakers: Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traore, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership.

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