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In terms of global health alone, the year appeared to be one of unrelenting tragedy.But, buried among all of the bad stories, there were some inspiring developments in global health in 2016 .European drug regulators approved the first licensed human vaccine against malaria – RTS,S, or Mosquirix – in 2015, after nearly three decades of research and development. It will not necessarily be smooth sailing from here: Researchers have noticed that the vaccine's effect weakens over time, and it is only 4 percent effective over a seven-year period.Dengue fever, too, is now vaccine-preventable. Dengue, ranked by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the world's most significant and fastest-growing mosquito-borne viral disease, causes nearly 50 million infections every year. According to the Carter Center, one of the organizations leading the effort to eradicate guinea worm, there were around two dozen cases in the first ten months of 2016 .
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