India takes on malaria in its highest burden state
Since 2000, India has made major inroads in reducing the toll of malaria. But the path towards elimination has proven a challenge in the eastern state of Odisha, which carries more than 40% of the country’s malaria burden. In recent years, the state government has dramatically scaled up efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria – with impressive results seen in a short span of time. The work follows the recommendations of the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria which calls for early case detection, prompt treatment and the widespread use of mosquito-control measures.