Seattle, 18 October 2011: This week key stakeholders in the malaria world are meeting in Seattle to reflect on the challenges faced and the progress made in the fight towards eliminating malaria.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there has been a 20 percent decrease in the number of malaria deaths in the world and and we are right to be optimistic as we look ahead to a time when malaria can be universally controlled.
The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership has released a report as part of the Progress and Impact Series in the lead up to the Malaria Forum. The report, Eliminating Malaria, Learning from the Past, Looking Ahead shows how feasible elimination is for certain countries and how many are now working towards the goal in the near future. Seven countries have recently eliminated the disease and more are working towards zero malaria cases.
Efforts towards elimination on a large scale have had success in the past, but malaria cases rose once control efforts decreased. The Malaria Forum this year will highlight just how important sustained optimism and energy really are in achieving these goals.
Sylvia Meek, Malaria Consortium Technical Director is in Seattle attending the Malaria Forum.
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