The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners have launched a new country-led response to get stalled malaria control efforts back on track.
Despite several years of declining incidence, the latest World Malaria Report shows reductions in malaria cases have stalled.
According to the report, last year, there were an estimated 219 million cases of malaria, up from 217 million the year before. The report also reveals insufficient levels of access to and uptake of lifesaving malaria tools and interventions.
The new country-led plan is based on four pillars; galvanising political attention to reduce deaths; driving impact through the strategic use of information; establishing best global guidance, policies and strategies for all malaria-endemic countries; and implementing a coordinated country response.
"Nobody should die from malaria. But the world faces a new reality; as progress stagnates, we are at risk of squandering years of toil, investment and success in reducing the number of people suffering from the disease,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “We recognise we have to do something different - now.”
The report comes at a critical point in malaria control efforts, with an increase in the number of countries nearing malaria elimination.