UN, WHO encourage progress against malaria
The World Health Organization (WHO) has also encouraged health professionals around the world to fight against malaria. Since 2000, there have been radical declines in the number of malaria cases and malaria-related deaths, but there are still more than half a million people who die because of malaria each year.
“As we celebrate World Malaria Day (Saturday), we must recognize the urgent need to expand prevention measures and quality-assured diagnostic testing and treatment to reduce the human suffering caused by malaria,” WHO Assistant Director-General for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Hiroki Nakatani said.
Despite progress, there are still significant gaps in preventing, diagnosing and treating malaria. Adequately filling these gaps will require further funding, manpower and innovations in the health industry.
“We must take the malaria fight to the next level,” WHO Global Malaria Program Director Pedro Alonso said. “Moving towards elimination will require high-level political commitment and robust financing, including substantial new investments in disease surveillance, health systems strengthening and research.”