Malaria can be eradicated by 2050: Report
London: Malaria can be eradicated within a generation, global health experts have said. In a major report on Sunday, 41 specialists said a future free of malaria — one of the world’s oldest and deadliest diseases — can be achieved as early as 2050.
This contradicted the conclusions last month of a malaria review by the World Health Organization. To meet that target, however, governments, scientists and public health leaders need to inject more money and innovation into fighting the disease and the mosquitoes that carry it, the report said.
“For too long, malaria eradication has been a distant dream, but now we have evidence that malaria can and should be eradicated by 2050,” said Richard Feachem, director of the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco, who cochaired a review of malaria eradication commissioned by The Lancet journal. “We must ... challenge ourselves with ambitious targets and commit to the bold action needed to meet them,” he added.
The report comes a few weeks after the WHO said in a report malaria eradication cannot be achieved soon.