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Letter from the GMP Director

20 December 2018 – In his December bulletin, Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme (GMP), provides snapshots of GMP’s work in the second half of 2018. Topics covered include (among others) the World malaria report 2018, the new “High burden to high impact” response, malaria and Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the recent malaria-free certification in Uzbekistan.

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WHO certifies Uzbekistan as malaria free

7 December 2018 – Uzbekistan, a Central Asian nation of 32 million people, has received the official certification of malaria elimination from WHO. The certification is granted when a country has proven, beyond reasonable doubt, that the chain of indigenous transmission has been interrupted nationwide for at least the previous 3 consecutive years. Globally, a total of 36 countries and territories have been certified malaria free by WHO.

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Countries of the Greater Mekong are stepping up to end malaria

30 November 2018 – Countries of the Greater Mekong have made significant gains in reducing the toll of malaria. According to a WHO bulletin, released today, malaria cases and deaths fell by 75% and 93%, respectively, between 2012 and 2017. However, several provinces reported a spike in malaria cases last year – a trend that continued through the first half of 2018. Mekong countries are intensifying efforts in the remaining malaria-affected areas, with a goal to eliminate the disease from the subregion by 2030.

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Getting the fight against malaria back on track

19 November 2018 – The latest World malaria report reveals a plateauing in numbers of people affected by malaria for the second consecutive year. In 2017, there were an estimated 219 million cases of the disease compared to 217 million the year before. This year’s report has been launched in conjunction with a new approach to jumpstart progress against malaria, focusing on the 11 countries (10 on the African continent, plus India) that account for approximately 70% of the global malaria burden.

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A nation mobilized against a killer disease

19 November 2018 – Malaria is the leading cause of death in Mozambique, a large country on Africa’s south-eastern coast that is home to nearly 30 million people. According to the World malaria report 2018, the country has the third highest number of malaria cases anywhere in the world, or 5% of all cases globally. These stories provide a closer look at approaches the country has undertaken in the fight against this deadly disease.

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219 millionmalaria cases worldwide in 2017

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435 000malaria deaths worldwide in 2017

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3.1 billionResources available for malaria in 2017 (in US$)

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“High burden to high impact”

Approximately 70% of the world’s malaria burden is concentrated in 11 countries: 10 on the African continent, plus India.

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The new “High burden to high impact” response aims to jumpstart progress against malaria in countries hardest hit by the disease.

World malaria report

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WHO’s latest World malaria report shows that after an unprecedented period of success in global malaria control, progress has stalled. The report contains the latest available data on malaria policies, interventions and trends in all endemic countries.

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Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. P. falciparum is the most prevalent malaria parasite in Africa and responsible for most malaria deaths globally. P. vivax is the dominant parasite outside of sub-Saharan Africa.

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