‘War against malaria far from over’
- The global fight against malaria is in “urgent need” of more funding, said the World Health Organisation (WHO) while releasing latest World Malaria Report.
- According to the report, there were 212 million new cases of malaria and 4,29,000 deaths worldwide in 2015.
- Further, nearly 78% of Plasmodium vivax malaria cases in 2015 occurred in just four countries: Ethiopia, India, Indonesia and Pakistan.
- Despite billions of dollars spent on malaria programmes, U.N. health agency said too many people are missing out on available resources like medicines and bed nets that protect against mosquitoes that spread the disease.
- WHO had set a goal of cutting malaria cases to “near zero” by the end of last year. It fell far short, and now is aiming to reduce malaria cases and deaths by at least 90 per cent by 2030.
- WHO has expressed concern about quality of data: report said surveillance systems catch fewer than 20 percent of cases. The vast majority cases are in Africa. About 70 percent of deaths are in children under the age of five.