This is incredibly sad!
Last night, former President George H.W. Bush was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital after experiencing a shortness of breath.
According to spokesman Jim McGrath, George W. Bush's father:
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At least, that's what a report supported by the World Health Organization says.
Advances in medicine and increased funding has already cut malaria deaths in 43 countries by 38%, which is leading researchers to believe that MORE funding could bring deaths down to near zero by the end of 2015.
The WHO said the world can stop malaria deaths by 2015 if massive investment is made to ramp up control measures.
Robert Newman, director of WHO's global malaria programme, said in a statement:
"The results of the past decade exceed what anyone could have predicted and prove that malaria control is working."
Figures from the World Health Organization suggest the number of worldwide malaria deaths dropped to 781,000 in 2009 from nearly a million in 2000.
Whether or not Malaria deaths can actually disappear completely by 2015, it's exciting to hear that there is a definite decline. We hope WHO gets the funding it needs to continue that trend!