Ebola and reforms concerning the World Health Organization are some of the headline-grabbing topics that are sure to take center stage at the 68th World Health Assembly.
But there’s another item the development community needs to keep an eye on: A new strategy aimed toward malaria elimination by 2030, and whether member states would adopt them or introduce changes.
The strategy comes as worldwide statistics provide a mixed picture of progress: 55 countries are on track to reduce their malaria burden by 75 percent this year, but they only account for a small portion of the total estimated cases globally. The African region also continues to cover the bulk of deaths related to malaria worldwide.
The strategy’s global targets are phased in three years. By 2020, mortality rates and case incidences should have dropped 40 percent compared with 2015 statistics. By 2025, the reduction rate should have increased to at least 75 percent. And by 2030, the strategy should have achieved at least 90 percent reduction in mortality rates and case incidences.
Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.
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