6 Jul 2018

Resurgence of Malaria in PNG

From , 5:03 am on 6 July 2018

Papua New Guinea has seen a dramatic surge in cases of malaria but a new drug still under review could be a potential ally in the fight against the deadly disease.

According to just released data from the PNG Institute of Medical Research, there has been an increase in cases of about eight fold since 2014.

Numbers rose from about 50-thousand cases that year to just over 430-thousand in 2017.

Earlier this year, PNG's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill signed a commitment to eradicate the disease by 2028.

Benjamin Rolfe, who's the chief executive of the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance, spoke to Amelia Langford about the rise in cases and the promise of a new drug that could help eradicate the disease.

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