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Message from Dr. Pedro Alonso -Director, Global Malaria Programme (WHO)

October 30, 2015 - 07:23 -- Bart G.J. Knols

The message below, from Dr. Pedro Alonso, the Director of WHO's Global Malaria Programme was circulated today, 24 October 2015.

Dear colleagues and partners, 
  
In recent weeks, you may have seen press articles stating that the United Nations and partners are calling on the world to eradicate malaria by the year 2040. 
  
The World Health Organization (WHO) shares the vision of a malaria-free world and – to that end – we welcome the commitment of all of our partners. However, I would like to clarify the strategy, targets and timeline that our organization has endorsed at this point in time. 

  
WHO’s work on malaria is guided, as you will recall, by the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria Elimination 2016-2030, adopted in May 2015 by the World Health Assembly. The strategy calls for accelerated action toward malaria elimination in countries and regions but does not set a time frame for global eradication. 
  
This WHO strategy is complemented by the Roll Back Malaria advocacy plan, Action and Investment to Defeat Malaria 2016-2030.  Both documents were the result of an extensive consultative process involving the participation of more than 400 malaria experts from 70 countries. They set ambitious but achievable global targets, including: 
  
·         Reducing malaria case incidence by at least 90% by 2030 
·         Reducing malaria mortality rates by at least 90% by 2030 
·         Eliminating malaria in at least 35 countries by 2030 
·         Preventing a resurgence of malaria in all countries that are malaria-free 
 
The timeline of 2016-2030 is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the new global development framework adopted by all UN Member States in September 2015. 
  
New WHO estimates 
  
Recent news articles have reported a wide range of estimates on case incidence, mortality and global investment for malaria, which may have caused confusion. Please find below two documents with the latest WHO-approved estimates: 
  
1.    A fact sheet with key global and regional estimates from the WHO-UNICEF report “Achieving the malaria MDG target,” published on 17 Sept. 2015. 
  
2.    An updated WHO general fact sheet on malaria. 
  
Best regards, 
  
Dr Pedro Alonso
Director, Global Malaria Programme
World Health Organization 

Comments

Submitted by Bill Jobin (not verified) on

Dear Pedro Alonso,
I applaud the use of these precise goals in the fight against malaria. However I am puzzled by something. How can we measure the decreases in incidence, prevalence or 'malaria' in general, and thus progress towards the goals you listed, if we are not measuring them or estimating them, by a carefully conducted random sample?
Bill Jobin

Submitted by Robert Bos on

The links to the WHO docs do not work.

Will reducing environmental receptivity to malaria transmission be part of the objective to prevent a resurgence of malaria in countries/regions where it has been eliminated? Will part of the strategy deal with the impact on malaria of rapid development (dams, irrigation schemes, any other developments that enhance the ecological conditions conducive to vector breeding and transmission)?

Robert Bos,
Geneva

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Submitted by Bart G.J. Knols on

Dear Robert,

Here are the correct websites:
www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs094/en/
www.who.int/malaria/media/malaria-mdg-target/en/

These look the same. Paste them in your browser and they should work (they did so on my computer).

Best wishes, and thanks for notifying us,
Bart