London, 25 April 2016 – “Significant progress in malaria control and elimination has been made between 2000 and now, with malaria mortality rates falling by 60 percent and over 6.2 million lives saved since 2000. This has to be seen as good news, but there remains much more to be done to finish the task of eliminating this disease.”
Charles Nelson, Malaria Consortium’s Chief Executive made this statement to mark today’s World Malaria Day, which provides an opportunity for the global health community to highlight achievements made to date and to discuss challenges ahead in the fight against malaria. “If we are to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals’ targets for malaria control and elimination, it is important we find the right balance and continue the fight funding both countries with the highest residual burden, and those aspiring more immediately for malaria elimination,” he continued.
This year is the first of a new era of malaria control, marking the transition from the Millennium Development Goals, in which malaria deaths fell by 60 percent, to that of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The new set of targets and goals aims to reduce not only malaria cases, but also malaria related deaths by 90 percent by 2030.
Within this new context, a number of challenges remain which threaten to undermine the success so far – including drug resistant malaria, which is spreading in Southeast Asia. Reinvention and creative thinking are required in addition to the tried and tested tools. At Malaria Consortium, we believe that innovation is key to progress. We constantly test out novel approaches to malaria control and bring research to all our projects.
To highlight one of our most promising innovations, Malaria Consortium is taking part today in an experiential event at Westminster hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria & Neglected Tropical Diseases and the UK Malaria Advocates. We will showcase our work in mobile technology and demonstrate how a mobile phone app linking community health workers with their colleagues and supervisors can save thousands of lives. The event will engage, inform and inspire policymakers about the importance of Britain’s role as a champion in the fight against malaria.
Malaria still accounts for 438,000 malaria related deaths globally. By investing in a malaria-free future and achieving 2030 targets for malaria control, we will achieve healthier societies and economies, higher school attendance, improved worker productivity and an overall better quality of life of millions of people in Africa and Asia. This contribution is estimated to add US$ 1.2 trillion to endemic countries’ economies.
Check out some of our top innovations in the photo gallery below: