Good news for travellers and local people, the small kingdom of Bhutan is, according to a government report, successfully fighting malaria.

Where in 1994 approximately 40,000 cases of malaria were reported, less than 200 cases and one death related to the disease occurred in 2011.

Despite challenges like difficult terrain and poor road access to many regions, as well as introduced malaria cases from India, the government targets to eliminate malaria in the country by 2016.

Bhutan has almost achieved a zero transmission rate for indigenous cases. The reasons for the decline in malaria cases are said to be improved access to diagnosis and treatment facilities and vector control programmes.

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