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Towards the world's first malaria vaccine

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25 April 2017 – A WHO-coordinated programme will pilot world’s first malaria vaccine in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi in 2018. The injectable vaccine was developed to protect young children from the most deadly form of malaria. Global efforts reduced malaria deaths by 62% between 2000 and 2015, yet approximately 429 000 people died of the disease in 2015 – the majority of them young children in Africa.

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In the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region:

291 million people at risk for malaria in 2015 111 million at high risk

Estimated malaria case incidence decreased by 11% between 2010  and 2015

Estimated malaria mortality rate reduced by 6% between 2010 and 2015