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Worldwide, new malaria cases have fallen by 18 per cent since 2000. In Africa, where the burden of malaria is greatest, the mortality rate has fallen by two-thirds. Between 2000 and 2015, an estimated six million deaths from malaria were averted, thanks in part to efforts linked with the Millennium Development Goals.   The increase in global financing for malaria has yielded impressive results. More than half the people of Africa are now protected by mosquito nets, up from less than 2 per cent in 2000. The development and distribution of rapid diagnostic tests means cases can be identified and…
International Mother Earth Day is an opportunity to highlight the interdependence between people and the astonishing variety of species with which we share this planet. This year’s observance brings hope of a better future for all. On this day, representatives of more than 170 countries are gathering at UN Headquarters in New York to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. This landmark pact, in conjunction with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, holds the power to transform our world.  The momentum achieved by so many signatures on one day sends a clear signal of solidarity and resolve.  Now we…
Diabetes is an ancient disease that is taking a growing toll on the modern world.  In 1980, 108 million adults were living with diabetes.  By 2014, that number had risen to 422 million – 8.5 per cent of adults -- reflecting a global increase in risk factors such as being overweight or obese.  Even though we have the tools to prevent and treat it, diabetes now causes some 1.5 million deaths a year.  High blood glucose causes an additional 2.2 million deaths. This year, the World Health Organization has issued its first Global Report on Diabetes, outlining the scale of…