An international goal to eliminate malaria in parts of the world by 2030 is ambitious but “achievable”, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday - World Malaria Day.
Last year, world leaders set the target for eliminating the mosquito-borne disease in at least 35 countries by 2030. WHO’s European region - which comprises 53 countries including Central Asia, Israel and Turkey - in 2015 became the first region to report zero indigenous cases.
WHO can declare a country malaria free if it has reported zero cases of indigenous malaria for three consecutive years. The Geneva-based organisation said 21 countries are in a position to eliminate malaria within the next five years.
Here are some facts on progress in eliminating the deadly disease: