Malaria can be erad­i­cated by 2050: Re­port

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Trends -

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.

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