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WEB DESK: World health organization announced that, malaria will be eliminated from the world within the next 15 years. The announcement came in when diplomats from several countries gathered at Geneva to discuss the issue.
There, they all agreed to the plan of cutting Malaria cases by 40 percent by 2020 and by 90 percent by 2030.
The plan also includes the eradication of malaria from 35 new countries over the period of the next 15 years.
At least 600,000 people lose their life to the disease.
Pedro Alonso, head of WHO’s global malaria programme insisted that the targets are achievable and may bring us closer to eradication.
About 200 million people are infected with malaria each year, and around 600,000 die from the mosquito-borne disease. Children under five are mostly affected with this disease.
90 percent of the deaths occurred in Africa
According to Alonso, 50 per cent of households in Africa have no access to insecticide-treated nets, while 60 per cent of malaria cases still go un-diagnosed and untreated.
To reach the goals set this week, countries will need to make sure existing tools to fight malaria are made universally available, he said, also stressing the need to improve surveillance to help catch and treat every case.
Meeting the targets will not be a cheap task, with WHO estimating this will cost them around $100 million but Alonso insisted the investment would fade in comparison to the returns.