World Malaria Day
It’s World Malaria Day, and this year we’re celebrating Europe as the first malaria-free continent: 90 000 cases in 1995 became 0 in 2015.
But other continents aren’t so lucky. Maliaria kills around 438 000 every year in Africa, and the vast majority of that number are children. The World Health Organisation estimates that 3.2 billion people are at risk of this disease. It can kill within 24 hours of symptom onset and can infect an African child up to 13 times a year.
2SER producer Sarka Pechova spoke to Dr Wai-Hong Tham, a molecular parasitologist from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Sarka started with the basics and asked Dr Tham where malaria comes from and what the disease entails.
Producer: Sarka Pechova