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.”