Malaria-free world possible within a generation, according to Lancet paper

Global malaria eradication—led by countries and regions—is possible within a generation, but only with renewed focus, new tools, and sufficient financial support, according to a paper published today in The Lancet by the UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI). The paper, The path to eradication: a progress report on the malaria-eliminating countries, examines the progress of 35 countries working to eliminate the disease. It also identifies the biggest threats—loss of financial, political support, and technical challenges—and the most crucial enabling factors to achieving a malaria-free world.

More than half of the world’s countries have already eliminated malaria. According to Sir Richard Feachem, director of the UCSF Global Health Group and the paper’s senior author, “The malaria map is shrinking rapidly. More than 20 countries are on track to eliminate by 2020 and over 60 can do it by 2030. We cannot let up now. To achieve the ambitious but attainable goal of malaria eradication by 2040, the targets we set must be as big and bold as our aspirations.”

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