Malaria draft strategy in numbers

By Jenny Lei Ravelo 18 May 2015
A woman and a child walk past a bed net in eastern Ethiopia. A new strategy aimed toward malaria elimination by 2030 is one of the items on the agenda at the 68th World Health Assembly. Photo by: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / CC BY-NC-ND

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.