BBC News – Malaria deaths fall over 20% worldwide in last decade

An earlier report here incorrectly referred to a 40% drop in deaths.

It has been eradicated from three countries since 2007 – Morocco, Turkmenistan and Armenia.

The Roll Back Malaria Partnership aims to eliminate malaria in another eight to 10 countries by the end of 2015, including the entire WHO European Region.

Malaria Factfile

2000: 233 million cases, 985,000 deaths

2009: 225 million cases, 781,000 deaths

Malaria present in 108 countries and territories

1.3% GDP reduction in heavily-infected countries

‘Eliminating Malaria’ report (PDF 3.4mb)

WHO World Malaria report 2010 (PDF 7.3mb)

Robert Newman, director of the WHO’s Global Malaria Programme, said “remarkable progress” had been made.

“Better diagnostic testing and surveillance has provided a clearer picture of where we are on the ground – and has shown that there are countries eliminating malaria in all endemic regions of the world,” he told an international Malaria Forum conference in Seattle.

“We know that we can save lives with today’s tools.”

Global eradication

A global malaria eradication campaign, launched by WHO in 1955, succeeded in eliminating the disease in 16 countries and territories.

But after less than two decades, the WHO decided to concentrate instead on the less ambitious goal of malaria control.

via BBC News – Malaria deaths fall over 20% worldwide in last decade.

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