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Gambia on Funding Drive to Become First Sub-Saharan Nation Free of Malaria

Gambia could become the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate malaria on its track record of combating the mosquito-borne disease but more donor funds are needed for the “last mile” of the drive, health experts said Wednesday.

The prevalence of the malaria parasite in children younger than five has plunged to 0.2 percent from 4 percent in 2011, according to the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP).

The total number of new malaria cases across the West African nation has fallen by about 40 percent in that time — to 155,450 last year from 262,000 in 2011, NMCP data shows.

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Source:: VOANews.Com

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