CHILDREN

Between 2010 and 2015, malaria cases among populations at risk fell by 21 per cent globally, according to the World health Organisation (WHO).

In that same period, malaria mortality rates among populations at risk fell by 29 per cent globally in all age groups, and by 35 per cent in children under 5.

The WHO African Region carries a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2015, the region was home to 90 per cent of malaria cases and 92 per cent of malaria deaths.

Cape Verde is an island country, off the western coast of Africa, opposite Senegal and Mali.

Its population is estimated at 508,000 with a life expectancy of 74 years, one of the highest in Africa.

Cape Verde gained independence from Portugal in 1975.

It is among the most politically stable countries of Africa.

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