Malaria control and elimination


In 2015, about 291 million people in 8 countries in the Region were at some risk of malaria, with 111 million at high risk. Six countries have areas of high malaria transmission (Afghanistan, Djibouti, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen); transmission is focal in the Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia. Most cases in the endemic countries are due to P. falciparum except in Afghanistan, Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan, where P. vivax predominates.

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Global response to malaria at crossroads: WHO report shows gains are levelling

28 November 2017 | Geneva - After unprecedented global success in malaria control, progress has stalled, according to the World malaria report 2017. There were an estimated 5 million more...

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25 April 2017 – A WHO-coordinated programme will pilot world’s first malaria vaccine in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi in 2018. The injectable vaccine was developed to protect young children from...

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In focus

Following a request by the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) in 2012, the WHO began coordinating the development of a Global Technical Strategy (GTS) for malaria control and elimination for...

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World Malaria Day 2017: a push for prevention

7 March 2017 -- This year’s global theme for World Malaria Day is End Malaria for Good. In the lead-up to 25 April, WHO is shining a spotlight on prevention,...

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Information resources

MosquitoGlobal Malaria Mapper

Statistics and figures

In the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region:

291 million people at risk for malaria in 2015 111 million at high risk

Estimated malaria case incidence decreased by 11% between 2010  and 2015

Estimated malaria mortality rate reduced by 6% between 2010 and 2015