Bill Gates Is Terrified. Can Africans Help?

On World Malaria Day, a tiny killer still claims a child's life every two minutes. AllAfrica Senior Content Editor Michael Tantoh, born in Cameroon, recounts life where malaria is "just part of growing up". Award-winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls malaria "beyond miserable". Bill Gates is more scared of mosquitoes than sharks. While he was AllAfrica's Liberia bureau chief, Boakai Fofana Sr. - now his country's deputy communications minister - told us his family's "extra precautions" after his son was born. But across Africa, innovations and research are pointing the way to eliminating malaria before it surges back to bite harder and spread more widely.

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