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.

Woman taking a malaria test.

AllAfrica Senior Content Editor Michael Tantoh, born in Cameroon, works from our Cape Town office. He takes us through his experiences with living in a country where malaria is endemic.

While research on a vaccine for malaria continues, efforts have been stepped up to battle the deadly disease - award-winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and allAfrica's former Liberia bureau chief Boakai Fofana Snr share what it means to have malaria.


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