Bednets pay off with plunge in malaria cases in Gambia
"The most substantial change in measures to prevent malaria has been the increase in coverage of insecticide-treated bednets."
- Dr. David Conway, researcher
Banjul, Gambia - The incidence of malaria in Gambia fell substantially in five years, mainly thanks to strategies protecting pregnant women and children, researchers said.
In Friday's issue of the medical journal 'The Lancet,' researchers reported that the proportion of positive malaria tests in the West African country fell between 50 per cent and 85 per cent from 2003 to 2007.