Hitting Malaria Where it Counts

Today, the WHO launches a new, country-led initiative designed to tackle stagnant progress against malaria and re-focus efforts “where it counts most – at local level,” says WHO chief Tedros.
For the second year running the WHO saw a plateau in progress against malaria, according to the new World malaria report 2018.
Cases declined from 239 million in 2010 to 214 million in 2015, then climbed steadily to reach 219 million in 2017. 70% of cases were confined to just 11 countries in 2017, 10 of them in Africa, and half of the continent’s at-risk people were not sleeping under insecticide-treated bed nets.

To achieve the 2030 targets, malaria investments must more than double to reach $6.6 billion annually.

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