Malaria remains the most important parasitic disease affecting humans. Every year, there are some 5 billion clinical episodes resembling malaria, some 600 million clinical malaria cases, and about 1 million malaria deaths. The great majority of the malaria burden falls on the poor rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and most deaths occur in young children. Malaria is considered a major barrier to the development of SSA. Here we present an analysis of the malaria situation in one typical district of Burkina Faso, which likely represents the pattern of problems seen in many SSA countries today.

 Bocar Kouyaté, Ali Sie, Maurice Yé, et al ; June 2007  |  Volume 4  |  Issue 6