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Malaria and the Millennium Development Goals
  1. Stephen Owens1,2
  1. 1Child Health Business Unit, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, North Shields, UK
  2. 2Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Stephen Owens, Child Health Business Unit, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Rake Lane, North Shields NE29 8NH, UK; stephen.owens{at}


Malaria, as a key disease of poverty, was singled out for special attention in the Millennium Project of 2000. Recent data suggest that malaria incidence and mortality are now declining all over the world. While these figures are cause for celebration, they must be interpreted carefully and with caution, particularly in relation to Africa. There are daunting challenges ahead for those working to achieve malaria eradication, not least of which is the poor quality of the data on which the work is based. In the absence of an affordable and fully effective vaccine, international funding for malaria control needs to be escalated still further. The money is essential to pay for universal access to a set of simple and proven interventions which would save the lives of millions of children over the next 15 years.

  • Tropical Paediatrics
  • Tropical Inf Dis
  • Health Economics
  • Infectious Diseases
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