Experts challenge WHO with 'epic' goal to eradicate malaria by 2050

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Malaria can be eradicated within a generation and the World Health Organization (WHO) should not shy away from this 'goal of epic proportions', ...

LONDON: Malaria can be eradicated within a generation and the World Health Organization should not shy away from this"goal of epic proportions", global health experts said on Sunday.

"For too long, malaria eradication has been a distant dream, but now we have evidence that malaria can and should be eradicated by 2050," said Richard Feachem, director of the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco, who co-chaired a review of malaria eradication commissioned by The Lancet journal.

The Lancet Commission's view comes a few weeks after the WHO published its own report on whether malaria can be wiped out, concluding that eradication cannot be achieved any time soon, and that setting unrealistic goals with unknown costs and endpoints could lead to"frustration and backlashes".

Malaria infected about 219 million people in 2017 and killed around 435,000 of them - the vast majority babies and children in the poorest parts of Africa. These totals are little changed from 2016, but global case numbers had previously fallen steadily from 239 million in 2010 to 214 million in 2015, and deaths from 607,000 to around 500,000 from 2010 to 2013.

 

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