Malaria Cases In India Cut By 86%

The government aims at eliminating malaria from the country by 2030

Global efforts to fight malaria have yielded impressive results. An estimated 10.6 million malaria deaths and 1.7 billion cases were averted between 2000 to 2020. Twenty-six countries reported fewer than 100 cases in 2020, up from just six in 2000. Since 2015, nine countries have been certified as malaria-free. WHO

At the front of the pack is India, where malaria cases have fallen by an astonishing 86% since 2015 thanks to an increase in government resources and the tireless efforts of NGOs

The number of malaria cases in India has fallen by a staggering 86 per cent since 2015 and there has been a 79-per cent reduction in the number of deaths caused by the disease between 2015 and 2021, according to a report by non-profit organisation Malaria No More. India’s budgetary allocation to fight malaria more than doubled between 2017 and 2019 and it was made a notifiable disease in 31 states and Union territories, the report titled “India’s march towards malaria elimination” said.

The private sector’s participation in effective reporting of malaria, digging out asymptomatic or hidden malaria cases, improved real-time case reporting and technological innovation are areas that require more work.

“However, this ambitious goal cannot be achieved solely by the government and requires active participation and support from all sections of the society. All hands must join in the effort to eliminate malaria so that India can achieve the goal of eliminating the disease from the country by 2030,” Kumar said.

“The fight against malaria has recorded immense progress in the recent years. However, as seen in the past, malaria has a history of bouncing back with a vengeance. Through active  ..

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