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There are dire warnings about the impact of malaria worldwide and particularly in Africa - just to give you a snapshot for example, in countries like Zimbabwe and Mozambique those two countries are in a state of high alert at the moment after the rainy season. So too in Kenya where there is fear of a new outbreak.
And in the tiny central African country of Burundi, malaria has become the major cause of death. There were 200,000 people dying there as a result of malaria in 1984. Last year that figure had risen to two million.
Let me give you an idea about the scale of the problem across the continent. First of all, more than 3,000 children in Africa die every day. Malaria kills more children in Africa than HIV/AIDS and 90% of the deaths from malaria are in Africa - sub-Saharan Africa and most of those deaths are children under the age of five.