Via redOrbit.com: Malaria Maps Show 57 Percent Of Africans Still Live In Very High-risk Areas Despite Control Efforts. Excerpt:
Forty African countries showed reductions in malaria transmission between 2000-2010, but despite this progress, more than half (57 per cent) of the population in countries endemic for malaria continue to live in areas of moderate to intense transmission, with infection rates over 10 per cent. The findings are based on a series of prevalence maps for malaria published this week in The Lancet.
A team led by Dr Abdisalan Noor and Professor Robert Snow of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme produced the maps by geocoding data from surveys in 44 African countries and territories endemic for malaria in order to identify which populations were at risk of the disease in 2000 and 2010.
The time period coincides with the launch of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, which brought with it a large increase in investments targeting malaria control, and the team aimed to investigate the progress in reducing transmission during this period.
Their maps revealed that the number of people living in high-risk areas, where more than 50 per cent of the population are likely to carry infections, fell from 219 million in 2000 to 184 million in 2010, a fall of 16 per cent.
However, the maps also identified that just ten countries harbor 87 per cent of the population remaining at high-risk of disease transmission and intensity remained high or unchanged in 8 countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Malawi, and South Sudan.