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Happy World Malaria Day.

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Not so happy for the 881,000 (or so) people, mostly children under five, who die of the disease every year, according to this website.

And as you can see from this image (brought to you by The Guardian), the burden of this disease falls primarily in Africa.

Only slightly less unhappily, that number is actually based on 2008 totals – the latest totals are smaller by 10%, according to the World Health Organization – “only” 781,000 deaths globally!

(But the Guardian blog post also has a very interesting discussion in comments about how these numbers are calculated, and the politics of attention we give to some diseases over others.)

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