In commemoration of World Malaria Day, SIAPS joins the global health community in recognizing the remarkable strides that have been made in the fight against malaria. More than ever, people in malaria-endemic countries, especially those who are particularly vulnerable like mothers and children, are receiving effective prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services and have better access to life-saving antimalarial medicines and health supplies. In 2012, over 200 million rapid diagnostic tests and over 330 million courses of antimalarial treatment were provided globally. The scale-up of malaria interventions between 2000 and 2012 are estimated to have saved 3.3 million lives, the overwhelming majority of which (3 million) are children.
As impressive as these strides are, there’s more to be done before we can eliminate malaria globally. Each year, over 200 million people are infected with the parasite that causes malaria and well over half a million die as a result. Sustained progress against malaria will require new approaches, strategies, and solutions to combat the emerging threat of drug resistance, address presumptive prescribing and treatment practices, and ensure sustainability of existing programs.