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Progress against malaria has stalled, and the disease remains a significant threat to billions of people despite the expensive, decades-long efforts to contain it. In an encouraging development, MORU reported complete success in curing hundreds of patients in Southeast Asia with new three-drug combinations mixing fast-acting artemisinin with two longer-lasting drugs. It it hoped that triple therapy should become the standard for malaria treatment.

A child sitting with a sheet over him © Jane Hahn for The Washington Post, via Getty Images

A mother mours her six-month-old daughter in Banki, Nigeria, who succumbed to malaria. Nigeria has a quarter of all the world’s malaria cases.

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