Malaria still endemic to Philippines, 9 other countries | Inquirer Global NationPosted: April 24, 2012
In the Western Pacific Region, malaria is still endemic—constantly present—in the Philippines, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Solomon Islands, Vietnam, Vanuatu and Laos.
Last year, the WHO monitored roughly 262,000 confirmed malaria cases and about 900 malaria deaths in the region.
“It’s crucial that efforts are sustained and expanded and that there be more national and international political commitment, resources and support for ongoing research and development for new and better tools to combat emerging threats, such as drug and insecticide resistance,” said Dr. Shin Young-soo, WHO Western Pacific regional director.
Shin made the urgent call to mark “World Malaria Day” on Wednesday, with the theme “Sustain Gains. Save Lives. Invest in Malaria,” stressing that half of the world’s population is at risk of contracting the disease.
On the eve of the global observance, Shin cited various studies showing that more lives can be saved by using established and innovative malaria control tools, including access to effective prevention, accurate diagnosis and prompt and reliable treatment.