WHO misses malaria goal, but still aims for ‘near zero’ deaths by end of 2015 – The Washington PostPosted: December 15, 2011
WHO did not have enough data for more than two dozen African countries to accurately track malaria’s spread.
Dr. Robert Newman, director of WHO’s malaria program, said it is disappointing not to have reduced malaria by 50 percent by last year. But, he said, it was “truly significant progress” that the parasitic disease’s death rates fell by more than one-third in Africa.
He described the current goal of cutting malaria deaths to “near zero” by the end of 2015 as “aspirational,” but added that it wouldn’t be accomplished unless every person at risk has access to a bed net and suspected cases are properly diagnosed and treated. Newman also said it would cost $6 billion a year — about three times more than the world currently spends — to be successful.