WHO: Malaria killed more than 400,000 in 2018 in Africa, seeks more funding

World Malaria Report 2019 stated the need to increase annual malaria funding to US$5 billion in order to expand access to and development of life-saving tools to reach global malaria targets and Sustainable Development Goals.

The World Malaria Report 2019, released on Wednesday by the World Health Organization (WHO), indicated that global malaria cases and deaths are declining, but at a slowed rate: from an estimated 231 million to 228 million cases and from 416,000 to 405,000 deaths between 2017 and 2018. Importantly, estimates show that in 2018, global efforts saved almost 600,000 lives per year and prevented almost 100 million malaria cases per year compared to 2000.

More pregnant women and children protected from malaria, but accelerated efforts and funding needed to reinvigorate global response, WHO report shows.


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