Countries of the Greater Mekong zero in on falciparum malaria
The 6 countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion continue to make significant gains in their battle to eliminate malaria by 2030. According to the latest bulletin from the WHO Mekong Malaria Elimination programme, the reported number of P. falciparum cases dropped by 65% in the first half of 2019 compared to the same period last year. This accelerated decrease is especially critical in view of the ongoing threat posed by drug resistance.
Fighting malaria in Cambodia
For World Malaria Day 2019, the WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific joined with the Minister of Health of Cambodia to celebrate progress toward malaria elimination. Cambodia hosted a series of events to raise support and political commitment. The Regional Director and Minister of Health issued a joint press release on fighting malaria in the last pockets of Cambodia.
The Mekong Malaria Elimination (MME) programme’s Epidemiology summary provides the most recent data available from the six GMS countries – Cambodia, China (specifically Yunnan Province), the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. The summary synthesizes epidemiological data from the Subregion, depicting trends in malaria cases. Data on monthly malaria incidence are presented in the report.
Ministerial Call for Action to Eliminate Malaria in the GMS
During the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA) in 2018, the GMS Ministers of Health signed the Ministerial Call for Action to Eliminate Malaria in the GMS before 2030, renewing their commitment to hastening elimination. The Call for Action urges rapid implementation of the WHO Strategy for malaria elimination in the GMS (2015-2030). This subregional strategy, adopted by GMS Ministers of Health in 2015, aims to eliminate P. falciparum malaria by 2025 and all species of human malaria by 2030.