A decade ago, up to 45 percent of all hospital admissions in Africa were caused by malaria, according to USAID.
Today, the continent is in a dramatically better place regarding the mosquito-transmitted disease.
About 3.3 million lives have been saved because of international malaria control interventions, the World Health Organization reports, and malaria mortality rates in African children have dropped by about 54 percent. Hopeful statistics like these help validate USAID's declaration that the war on malaria is the "greatest success story in global health."
But there's still significant work to be done.
World Malaria Day is April 25 -- the ideal opportunity to reflect on our progress against the disease and refocus our efforts for a promising, malaria-free future.