Strong global partnerships and increased investments are driving significant reductions in deaths caused by malaria, according to a new report from the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership.
Deaths caused by malaria have dropped 38 percent in the past ten years, with 43 countries cutting the number of malaria cases in half. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, the lives of more than 1.1 million children have been saved. Such achievements surpass goals set more than a decade ago and are helping pave the way toward ending transmission of the disease.
These results are showcased in A Decade of Partnership and Results, the seventh report in the Roll Back Malaria Progress & Impact series. The report was co-authored by Dr. Richard Steketee of PATH, along with UNICEF, the World Health Organization Global Malaria Programme, Tulane University, and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.
Other findings highlighted in the report:
Despite these gains, successfully controlling malaria will require constant vigilance, according to the report’s authors. Sustained or increased funding and continued improvements in the delivery of lifesaving tools are critical to maintain progress.