Reaching the Zero Malaria Target

This year, WHO and partners will mark World Malaria Day by celebrating the achievements of countries that are approaching – and achieving – malaria elimination. They provide inspiration for all nations that are working to stamp out this deadly disease and improve the health and livelihoods of their populations.

On 21 April, WHO will publish a new report highlighting successes and lessons learned among the “E-2020” group of malaria-eliminating countries. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of these countries reported zero indigenous malaria cases in 2020, while others made impressive progress in their journey to becoming malaria-free.

In the face of a dual threat of antimalarial drug resistance and COVID-19, countries of the Greater Mekong subregion have also made major strides towards their shared goal of elimination by 2030. In the 6 countries of the subregion, the reported number of malaria cases fell by 97% between 2000 and 2020. Malaria deaths were reduced by more than 99% in the same period of time.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, a growing number of countries are approaching – and achieving – malaria elimination. On 21 April 2021, ahead of World Malaria Day, country leaders, frontline health workers and global partners will come together in a virtual forum to share experiences and reflections on efforts to reach the target of zero malaria.

The event will be co-hosted by WHO and the RBM Partnership to End Malaria from 12:00 to 13:30 GMT. Discussions will be in English, with simultaneous interpretation provided in French, Spanish and Arabic.

This World Malaria Day campaign article was first published on the WHO website.

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