Authors: Martha Powell, Future Science Group
A report authored by The Lancet Commission, consisting of 41 leading experts, has suggested that malaria eradication can be achieved as early as 2050. This seminal report synthesizes existing evidence with new epidemiological and financial information, demonstrating that with funding and the right tools and strategies, malaria could be eradicated within a generation.
Sir Richard Feachem, Co-chair of The Lancet Commission on malaria eradication and Director of the Global Health Group at the University of California (CA, USA), commented: “For too long, malaria eradication has been a distant dream, but now we have evidence that malaria can and should be eradicated by 2050.”
The Lancet Commission on malaria eradication was convened in 2017 to consider the feasibility of malaria eradication, inform global policy and identify priorities for action. The report uses new modelling to estimate scenarios for malaria distribution in 2030 and 2050, suggesting that with specific action the world could be malaria-free by 2050.
Great progress has been made towards malaria eradication, since 2000 global malaria incidence and mortality has dropped by 36% and 60% respectively. However, recent World Malaria Reports produced by the WHO have suggested that progress is plateauing, there are still over 200 million cases of malaria across the globe every year and there are increasing concerns about drug and insecticide resistance.