April 24, 2016 |

6 infographics: how the world is making malaria history

If we succeed, wiping out malaria across the globe will bring a healthier, more prosperous, and secure world.

Infographic: malaria elimination looks like zero transmission, infections, and deaths.

The first goal, set in 2000, seemed ambitious: stop and reverse the rising rates of malaria within 15 years. When the United Nations announced the Millennium Development Goals, some people were skeptical that this one could be met.

At the time, close to 1 million people were dying of malaria each year, most of them children. But by 2015, deaths had fallen a remarkable 60 percent. We’d exceeded all expectations and demonstrated what can be accomplished when the world comes together to deliver on strong political and financial commitments.Infographic: our goal is global malaria deaths down 60%, 57 countries with malaria cases down 75%, and 6.2 million lives saved.

Now we’re at the beginning of a new era in which we’re working to not just control malaria, but end it. The World Health Organization, the African and Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliances, and heads of state from around the world are setting new goals to eliminate malaria within a generation.

To help achieve this goal, researchers across the world, including here at PATH, are developing and testing new tools and approaches to learn what works best where, and how information systems can direct action and track progress. This research and exchange of information is critical to continued success and also represents a real scientific breakthrough in how we fight infectious diseases. Infographic: our approaches are effective strategies, stronger data, optimized coverage, and new financing models; our tools are drugs, diagnostics, and a vaccine.
Already, we’ve built health systems that are capable of bringing lifesaving services to people’s doorsteps in remote areas, pioneered the use of diagnostics to test for malaria in homes and rural health posts, and developed disease tracking systems that can be used to respond to both malaria and other global pandemics. We’re closer than ever to having a first licensed malaria vaccine, while working on the next generation of vaccine candidates for even better protection.

New research will build on these efforts, developing exciting new approaches to interrupt malaria transmission from humans to mosquitos and back to humans, while strengthening our ability to find and treat malaria infections in communities. Infographic: progress takes time and sustained political and financial support.
If we are successful in wiping out malaria, we will improve the quality of life for millions of people across the globe, building a healthier, more prosperous, and secure world. Ultimately, our progress will be measured in human lives. Infographic: eliminating malaria means US$2 trillion gained, 5x higher economic growth, 72% businesses more productive, stronger health systems, and better quality of life.

The past 15 years have proven what’s possible when countries, donors, organizations, and communities work together toward a powerful goal. The malaria fight is one of the most inspiring global health stories of our time, and the future is bright. Join us in pledging to finish what we started: we won’t stop until we’ve made malaria history!

Infographic: Join us! Invest today for a healthier, happier tomorrow.

To view the full “How the world is making malaria history” infographic, visit our Making Malaria History website.

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  • Dr. Rick Steketee is the project director of the Malaria Control and Elimination Partnership at PATH.