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The World Health Assembly Approves a New Global Malaria Strategy

20 mai 2015 | Under News | Posted by

The World Health Assembly, bringing together all WHO Member States, has agreed a new global malaria strategy for the period 2016-2030. The strategy builds on a number of focused investments to combat malaria since 2000. These have resulted in a decrease in malaria mortality of 47% between 2000 and 2013, with annual deaths now estimated at around 584,000 people (WHO 2014 World Malaria Report).

The new strategy sets out a number of new goals, aimed at reducing the global disease burden by 40% by 2020 and by at least 90% by 2030. It also aims to eliminate malaria in at least 35 additional countries by 2030.

The new strategy maintains a focus on key interventions, and comprises three main elements. First, ensuring universal access to proven measures for prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Second, it will accelerate efforts towards elimination. Finally, the importance of surveillance is recognized as a key contribution to measuring success and focusing interventions.

In addition, the strategy emphasizes the importance of importance of innovation and research, and the critical need for political commitment, sustainable financing, strong health systems, and collaboration across different sectors. The new strategy is available here. Key data on the global malaria burden are available in the WHO Global Malaria Report.