Globally, the world has seen tremendous progress in malaria control since 1998, resulting in nearly seven million lives saved, hundreds of millions of infections averted and over US$2 trillion added to the economies of endemic countries. Still, malaria remains a daily threat with half the world’s population still at risk. There are opportunities to save lives today by reducing transmission and eliminating the disease where possible.

We are now embarking on new chapter in the fight against malaria. Sustaining this progress and achieving the ambitious goal of eliminating malaria in 10 additional countries by 2020 is within reach, but requires ongoing and enhanced technical focus and funding commitments. This final effort may be our most challenging yet but complacency is not an option: a malaria-free world is within our grasp.

Together, we can end this disease for good.”


Between 2000 and 2015, malaria mortality rate has fallen by 60% and the number of malaria cases has fallen by 37% globally. As result, 6.2 million lives saved over the last 15 years of which 5.7 million are children under five.

Over the last 15 years, the delivery of core malaria interventions has undergone an unprecedented expansion. Since 2000, one billion insecticide-treated mosquito nets have been distributed in Africa. The introduction of rapid diagnostic tests has made it possible to distinguish more quickly between malarial and nonmalarial fevers – enabling more timely and appropriate treatment. Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) have been highly effective against Plasmodium falciparum, the most prevalent and lethal malaria parasite affecting humans. And as we have reached more communities and people at risk for malaria with these core interventions, many more lives have been saved.

Progress in reaching children under the age of 5 – one of the most vulnerable groups affected by malaria – has been especially encouraging. By 2015, an estimated

68 per cent of under-fives in sub-Saharan Africa were sleeping under insecticide-treated nets, compared to less than 2 per cent in 2000. Over a 15-year period, the under-five global malaria death rate fell by 65 per cent.