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Malaria drug resistance threatens Africa--WWARN

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April 27, 2012

A threat pending on developing countries regarding its ability to fight malaria is drug resistance to the disease, according to the Executive Director of the Worldwide Anti-malaria Resistance Network (WWARN) Philippe Guerin.

The number of persons killed by malaria has dropped worldwide. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in a statement to mark World Malaria Day on Wednesday said progress has been made in reducing the number of malaria deaths.

Since 2000, malaria mortality rates have fallen by more than a quarter in the world and by more than a third in Africa thanks to mosquito nets, rapid diagnostic tests and anti-malaria medicines.

The Director of the Worldwide Anti-malaria Resistance Network, WWARN, Philippe Guerin has urged scientist to be on alert.

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