In Kenya, a stagnating fight against malaria calls for new strategies

Nairobi – Kenya seemed to be on track to win the fight against malaria. It distributed millions of insecticide-treated bed nets. It fumigated countless homes. It made drugs and diagnostic testing cheap and available.

For several years, it was also rewarded with a fall in malaria cases. But now progress has stalled. Last year, there were 10.7 million malaria cases, up from 7.9 million in 2017.

According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, malaria is still the second biggest cause of reported deaths after respiratory infections, with nearly 70 percent of the country’s 46 million people at risk from the disease.

So what has gone wrong?

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