Over the past 15 years, the Indian subcontinent has seen a great reduction in the number of malaria cases from 2 million to 1.1 million in 2015. Despite this progress, India still accounts for 58 percent of the malaria burden in South-East Asia and represents the highest burden country outside…
Ten years ago today, President George W. Bush closed the White House Summit on Malaria saying, “The goal of defeating malaria is a challenging goal, yet it can be done. It's not going to require a miracle, it just requires a smart, sustained, focused effort.”
SEATTLE, WA – December 13, 2016 – The annual World Malaria Report, released today by the World Health Organization (WHO), affirms that remarkable progress has been made to date in the fight against malaria across the globe. Malaria mortality rates have declined by 62 percent globally between 2000 and 2015 and by 29 percent between 2010 and 2015. The report also underscores that an increase in funding, further investments in vector control interventions, and outpacing resistance to malaria drugs and insecticides are crucial to sustaining momentum.
Thousands of miles from the malaria-burdened countries where pregnant women and young children frequently die from a mosquito bite, some of the world’s foremost malaria experts are trying to outsmart a deadly parasite that has been around for at least 20 million years. In insectaries, labs, treatment rooms and offices across Seattle, these experts have turned Seattle into a global capital for innovation to end malaria.
The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a paper showing the highest spatial-resolution estimates of malaria mortality in Africa to date. Malaria No More spoke to one of the study’s authors, Dr. Simon Hay of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle, about the significance of the research.