In the upcoming two decades, malaria, a mosquito-borne disease, will be no more. A report from an international team of health experts has challenged the latest review of the WHO. According to the panel of forty-one specialists, the world will see a malaria-free future as far as 2050. On Sunday, global health experts have noted the WHO (World Health Organization) must not avoid this goal of epic proportions. The report also proposes a need to invest more money by governments and public health leaders. Even more, it recommends scientists to make more inventions to combat the fatal disease. As per the report, to achieve the aim it will need commitment, aspiration along with partnership as never before.
The Lancet journal has commissioned the study of malaria elimination. Richard Feachem, director of the University of California’s Global Health Group, has co-hosted the review. The co-author said it had remained an impossible wish to eliminate malaria for a long duration of time. But now they have proof that the disease can and should be wiped off by 2050. He added they have to challenge themselves with ambitious goals and pledge to the bold measures.
Although the Lancet Commission’s report arrives after WHO’s release of malaria eradiation which ended up with a conclusion that removal cannot be achieved in a short time. It claims this setting of unachievable goals with unfix costs and endpoints could result in setback and frustration. On the other hand, the Lancet Commission opposes the conclusion of impossible malaria-eradication.
Reportedly, malaria has affected more than 200 million people in 2017, and around 435,000 people have died due to it. Mostly, the mosquito-borne deadliest disease has impacted most of the infants and children in Africa’s poorest regions. In the end, the report’s authors have recommended three ways to wipe out the disease in the future. Thus the report suggests using existing tools like a mosquito net, medicines along with insecticides to combat the disease. Besides, the team recommends the development of new tools like vaccines. Number three is governments of both malaria-free and malaria-affection nations require to invest around $2 billion every year to speed up development.