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The effect of malaria control on Plasmodium falciparum in Africa between 2000 and 2015

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The effect of malaria control on Plasmodium falciparum in Africa between 2000 and 2015
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Nature, September 2015
DOI 10.1038/nature15535
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S. Bhatt, D. J. Weiss, E. Cameron, D. Bisanzio, B. Mappin, U. Dalrymple, K. E. Battle, C. L. Moyes, A. Henry, P. A. Eckhoff, E. A. Wenger, O. Briët, M. A. Penny, T. A. Smith, A. Bennett, J. Yukich, T. P. Eisele, J. T. Griffin, C. A. Fergus, M. Lynch, F. Lindgren, J. M. Cohen, C. L. J. Murray, D. L. Smith, S. I. Hay, R. E. Cibulskis, P. W. Gething, Bhatt, S, Weiss, D J, Cameron, E, Bisanzio, D, Mappin, B, Dalrymple, U, Battle, K E, Moyes, C L, Henry, A, Eckhoff, P A, Wenger, E A, Briët, O, Penny, M A, Smith, T A, Bennett, A, Yukich, J, Eisele, T P, Griffin, J T, Fergus, C A, Lynch, M, Lindgren, F, Cohen, J M, Murray, C L J, Smith, D L, Hay, S I, Cibulskis, R E, Gething, P W, D.J. Weiss, K. Battle, C.L. Moyes, P.A. Eckhoff, E.A. Wenger, M.A. Penny, T.A. Smith, T.P. Eisele, J.T. Griffin, C.A. Fergus, J.M. Cohen, C.L.J. Murray, D.L. Smith, S.I. Hay, R.E. Cibulskis, P.W. Gething


Since the year 2000, a concerted campaign against malaria has led to unprecedented levels of intervention coverage across sub-Saharan Africa. Understanding the effect of this control effort is vital to inform future control planning. However, the effect of malaria interventions across the varied epidemiological settings of Africa remains poorly understood owing to the absence of reliable surveillance data and the simplistic approaches underlying current disease estimates. Here we link a large database of malaria field surveys with detailed reconstructions of changing intervention coverage to directly evaluate trends from 2000 to 2015, and quantify the attributable effect of malaria disease control efforts. We found that Plasmodium falciparum infection prevalence in endemic Africa halved and the incidence of clinical disease fell by 40% between 2000 and 2015. We estimate that interventions have averted 663 (542-753 credible interval) million clinical cases since 2000. Insecticide-treated nets, the most widespread intervention, were by far the largest contributor (68% of cases averted). Although still below target levels, current malaria interventions have substantially reduced malaria disease incidence across the continent. Increasing access to these interventions, and maintaining their effectiveness in the face of insecticide and drug resistance, should form a cornerstone of post-2015 control strategies.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 13 2%
United States 7 1%
Brazil 5 <1%
France 3 <1%
Netherlands 2 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Nigeria 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
Taiwan 1 <1%
Other 9 1%
Unknown 655 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 175 25%
Student > Master 159 23%
Researcher 154 22%
Student > Bachelor 52 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 31 4%
Other 127 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 244 35%
Medicine and Dentistry 129 18%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 67 10%
Social Sciences 34 5%
Unspecified 29 4%
Other 195 28%

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