Global Malaria Progress Plateaus, WHO Says; India, North Korea Report Declines In Cases

CIDRAP News: WHO says malaria control has hit a plateau
“Despite great strides to eliminate malaria over the past two decades, control of the disease in recent years has plateaued, writes the World Health Organization (WHO) in ‘World Malaria Report 2020: 20 years of global progress and challenges.’ The 299-page report, released [Monday], includes public health milestones, global trends, and coverage of the mosquito-borne disease’s preventive measures, diagnosis, and treatments. It also affirms the importance of country ownership of control efforts, improved surveillance, consistent access to health services and workforce members, and technology innovation…” (McLemon, 12/1).

Al Jazeera: India makes ‘impressive gains’ in fight  against malaria: WHO
“India has made ’impressive gains’ in its fight against malaria, as the number of cases and deaths caused by the mosquito-borne disease has seen a marked drop in the country, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The number of malaria cases in India has dropped from nearly 20 million in 2000 to just 5.6 million in 2019, the WHO said in its latest World Malaria Report on Monday…” (Kuchay, 12/1).

UPI: WHO: North Korea malaria cases trending downward
“Malaria is steadily declining in North Korea but more than 1 million North Koreans remain susceptible to the infectious disease, the World Health Organization said in a new report. The WHO’s 2020 edition of the World Malaria Report released Monday shows North Korea’s malaria cases continue to decline, with 1,869 cases recorded in 2019, Radio Free Asia’s Korean service reported…” (Shim, 12/1).

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