World health experts consider that a malaria free world is possible within a generation. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) report “Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030”, by 2020, six countries in Africa are already expected to be malaria-free: Algeria, Botswana, Cape Verde, Comoros, South Africa and Swaziland.
Since 2000 great progress has been made around the globe, driven by the technological progress made by eliminating countries, donors, partners and the private sector. The WHO report states that the use of insecticide-treated bed nets, regular bug spraying inside houses and rapid diagnostic testing, such as RDT and xRapid-Malaria, have led to a rapid decline of the infection rates.
Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho, the retired assistant director-general for malaria at WHO said it was crucial that the African continent took advantage of the technological opportunities now present to fight and eradicate the disease. Doctor Pedro Alonso, director of Global Malaria Programme at WHO added: “New technologies must go hand with strong political and financial commitment”.
Malaria is a preventable disease. Technological tools such as the automated diagnostic app helps people find it, track it and eliminate it.
Click on the picture to see the evolution over time, from 1900 to 2040.