The latest World Malaria Report shows that progress has stalled in the global fight against malaria since 2015, hitting a plateau in the last three years. The African continent, which bears 93% of the global malaria burden, seems to have been particularly impacted, with data showing that annual malaria case numbers in sub-Saharan Africa have remained unchanged at 230 million in the past 5 years. In the face of growing drug and insecticide resistance, research into new tools that could complement existing efforts is needed in order to sustain hard fought gains and ensure this preventable and treatable disease becomes a thing of the past.
The story of the fight against malaria since the early 2000s has been one of success. The number of global deaths from the disease, which rose to 1 million in the year 2000, has now been halved. A child has a better chance of being diagnosed with malaria, receiving effective treatment and fully recovering today than at any other time in history.