According to WHO (the World Health Organization), deaths from malaria dropped last year to the lowest level ever. This brings us closer to eliminating malaria
Deaths from malaria dropped by almost 60% in the past 20 years, and 1.5 billion malaria cases have been prevented worldwide between 2000 and 2019. Together, the various organizations have achieved 7.6 million fewer deaths from the mosquito-born disease.
World Malaria Report 2020 edition considered key events and milestones that played a vital role in shaping the global response to the disease over the past 20 years—a period of unprecedented success in malaria control.
This year’s report also includes an important section on malaria and the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with a comprehensive analysis on progress made towards the 2020 milestones of WHO’s global malaria strategy.
Also, it tracks the monetary investments by 91 nations. About $3 billion was spent on the control and elimination of malaria last year, compared with $ 2.7 billion in 2018 and $ 3.2 billion in 2017.
The highest contributions in 2019 came from the government of the United States, which provided $1.1 billion, followed by the United Kingdom donating $ 0.2 billion. About 67% of deaths are among children below five years.
Eliminating malaria, or preventing and treating it is possible, and with generous support by these and other nations and nonprofits, the mortality rate has dropped from 24.7 per 100,000 people in 2000 to just over ten deaths per 100,000 in 2019.