UNICEF reports that since the year 2000, the malaria mortality rate has dropped 60% and the number of malaria cases worldwide has fallen by 37%. One billion insecticide-treated mosquito nets have been distributed across Africa. Tests have been developed allowing for earlier diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs, what Kutoa members voted to help fund in August 2013) have been highly effective against Plasmodium falciparum, the most prevalent and lethal malaria parasite affecting humans. In 2011, more than 50% of child under 5 living with fever in Mozambique were treated using ACTs, this has become the "first-line drug."
The malaria epidemic is far from over, but UNICEF is clearly doing everything they can to make sure the vulnerable are protected. Learn more here.