LONDON: Global health authorities are resistant to terrorism in the fight against malaria by focusing their efforts on mainly the dozen African countries where they claim most lives, says Health Organization the World (WHO).
After a number of years of steady decline, the annual causes of the disease that are transported by the mosquitoes decrease, the 2018 malaria report showed UN health agency on Monday.
In order to go back on track, the current general approach to address must be corrected, says WHO's main malaria, Pedro Alonso . "The problem is that we have stopped an increase," he told Reuters in a telephone interview.
Scientists work on potential malaria vaccines and on new ways of managing mosquito populations, but with the WHO report showing that around half of African who are at risk are still sleeping under insects treated in the insecticide in 2017, it can not the world can afford to wait for those to be translated.
"So we need to make it better to have more impact on the equipment and resources we have," said Alonso.
The report showed approximately 435,000 deaths and 219 million malaria cases in 2017, both of which had little to change since 2016. The number of global cases decreased gradually from 239 million in 2010 to 214 million in 2015, and deaths from 607,000 to around 500,000 from 2010 to 2013.
WHO's new "detailed public health" approach is to focus on the areas where malaria is hitting harder, says Alonso.
In 2017, the report found that around 70 per cent of all cases and deaths were compiled in 10 African countries – including Cameroon, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo – as well as India.
The scheme means making better use of detailed data to target areas where bed or more use of indoor injection would have more impact. The defense for pregnant women and children of malaria was still too low, the report was discovered.
"We recognize that we have to do something different – now," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO.
The report found some pockets of progress: India recorded a 24 per cent reduction in malaria cases in 2017 and 436,000 less Rwanda. Ethiopia and Pakistan had also identified obvious discounts.