Are Fewer Children Dying of Malaria?

Are fewer children dying of malaria today? I’ve been involved in a number of conversations about this recently. On one hand, some say it’s helpful to show progress so that the effort to end deaths by malaria is not seen as insurmountable. On the other hand, some contend it’s urgent to remind people of the on-going toll and we must guard against complacency or slowing down, else we’ll lose momentum.

I entertain both of these positions with some lack of uncertainty. I see the need to create awareness of the terrible toll. And I see value in illustrating that the effort can actually be successful. So, there you have it. Both positions tug at my thoughts.

I found the report by the World Health Organization helpful, but not finally resolute enough to put these thoughts to rest. What do you think?

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