Malaria Elimination

"After the malaria eradication programme of the 50s and 60s, today we are much more aware of how difficult it is to achieve this goal, but this is no reason to renounce what would be one of the major achievements in the history of public health"

Malaria Elimination Initiative

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Eliminating malaria requires new tools and strategies specifically aimed at completely clearing the parasite that causes the disease, first from a given geographical area and, eventually, worldwide

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  • Malaria is a disease caused by parasites of the Plasmodium genus, transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito.
     
  • Endemic in almost the entire globe at the beginning of the 20th century, malaria is currently present in 99 countries that are home to half of the world's population.
     
  • In the first decade of the 21st century, malaria mortality fell 25%. However, in 2012 there were still an estimated of 627,000 deaths and 207 million cases, most of them among African children.
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