UNICEF says Malaria kills over 1,200 children a day

UNICEF says Malaria kills over 1,200 children a day

The United Nations Children's Fund or UNICEF has said that the estimates showed that malaria kills more than 1,200 children a day across the world.

The agency said that this is despite a fall of 40 percent in the number of deaths from the disease since 2000. The agency has released its "Facts about Malaria and Children" ahead of World Malaria Day in order to show that large impact of the disease on children and on pregnant women in various regions across the world.

Mickey Chopra, UNICEF's associate director for programmes, and chief of health, said, "With a 40 percent reduction in child deaths from malaria since 2000, this year's World Malaria Day is an important marker in how far we have come. However, the deaths of close to half a million children a year are a sobering reminder that without increased efforts and investments this disease will remain a challenge to us all for a long time to come."

The new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) showed that malaria mortality rates have fallen by 47 percent across the worldand 54 percent in Africa alone since 2000. However, experts pointed out that more steps needs to be taken to eradicate the disease.

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