A diverse set of countries are accelerating towards malaria elimination, putting the world on track to mark a major milestone in 2020. A new report by the World Health Organization highlights that the world is on track to reach an historic milestone of progress in the malaria fight – at least 10 countries are on track to reach zero malaria cases by 2020. Of these, China and El Salvador reported zero cases for the second consecutive year and Iran, Malaysia and Timor-Leste achieved zero indigenous cases of malaria in 2018.
Reaching malaria-free status is a critically important public health and sustainable development goal. China, El Salvador, Iran, Malaysia and Timor-Leste are leading the way and their dedicated efforts deserve praise and serve as motivation for other countries to follow.
Recent malaria-free certifications by Algeria, Argentina, Paraguay and Uzbekistan shows that progress is possible. More than half of all malaria-affected countries reported fewer than 10 000 malaria cases in 2017. Countries poised to get to zero cases by 2020 must seize the opportunity and be supported in their pursuit to bring the world closer to a malaria-free world.
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A new report by the @WHO highlights that the world is on track to reach an historic milestone of progress in the #malaria fight – at least 10 countries are on track to reach #zeromalaria cases by 2020.
Reaching #malaria-free status is a critically important public health and development goal. The good news? It’s achievable! Five countries reported zero malaria cases in 2018 #EndMalaria @WHO
Countries poised to get to zero cases of malaria by 2020 must seize the opportunity and be supported as they accelerate towards #zeromalaria.
More than half of all malaria-affected countries had fewer than 10,000 cases of #malaria in 2017, bringing them within striking distance of elimination. #EndMalaria
A new report by the @WHO shows that #China recorded zero cases of malaria in 2018 for the second consecutive year. This is a remarkable feat for a country that had 30 million malaria cases per year in the 1940s! https://bit.ly/2wWj3SU #EndMalaria
🇸🇻 El Salvador has reached #zeromalaria for two straight years! Thanks to political commitment, a data-driven plan and ongoing education about malaria, #ElSalvador is on the path to achieving an official malaria-free certification by the @WHO! @minsalud @pahowho
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
🇮🇷 #Iran is now at #zeromalaria! Underpinning this success is socio-economic development, strong political will, and access to free primary healthcare with the resolve to leave no one behind! @WHOEMRO
🇹🇱 Timor-Leste is eliminating #malaria! Through the use of “edutainment” – malaria education through entertainment such as songs, drama & games – and universal access to bed nets, this newly formed nation is on its way to #endmalaria in the country! @WHOSEARO @APLMA_Malaria
Congratulations to 🇲🇾 #Malaysia for stopping human-to-human malaria transmission! Prompt diagnosis, treatment and surveillance in remote areas was key to this success and remains critical as the country works hard to remain malaria-free. @KKMPutrajaya @APLMA_Malaria @WHOSEARO
WHO content and graphics for download
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China articles, photo essay, video
“From 30 million to zero : the world’s most populous country eliminates malaria”
“China prevents malaria from border entry”
Photo essay: China’s road to elimination
Video: How China is preparing to celebrate malaria elimination