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Country-Led Initiatives, Global Partnership Vital To Achieve Success In Malaria Control

The Lancet: Countries must steer new response to turn the malaria tide
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, and Kesete Admasu of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria

“An alarm bell is ringing around the world today: for the second straight year, there is a flatlining of what had been a steady decline in the global malaria epidemic. … [I]n the past two years, there has been a worrying halt in progress, especially in the highest-burden countries. Both the reduction in cases and levels of investment in treatment and innovations have stalled. These findings are captured in WHO’s World Malaria Report 2018. The report provides a wake-up call, one countries and malaria control partners all need to respond to. … These results are helping to galvanize new action. A clear sign is the new country-focused ‘high burden to high impact’ malaria response … The new ‘high burden to high impact’ approach is founded on four pillars: galvanizing and mobilizing political attention to reduce malaria deaths; driving impact through strategic use of information; establishing the best global guidance, policies, and strategies for malaria endemic countries; and, importantly, implementing a coordinated, country-driven response. … Achieving impact in the fight against malaria is one of the most pressing health challenges. The potential for real success is greatest when country-led commitment and global partnership are fostered and maintained” (11/19).