Lancet Commission report: Eradicating malaria is ambitious but achievable
The Lancet Commission new report addresses a bold proposition: eradicating malaria within a generation is an ambitious goal, but it’s achievable as well as necessary.
Written by 26 of the world’s leading malaria experts, the Lancet Commission report is the first comprehensive academic document to propose solutions to the major operational, biological, and financial challenges on the path to malaria eradication. The document argues that we can -and should - end malaria within our generation, but in order to achieve this we need strengthened, accelerated and bold action. This translates into better implementation programmes, the development of new technology, and increased financing.
Since 2000, the malaria community has achieved great progress reducing the burden of malaria by 60%, saving almost seven million lives, mainly young children. But in recent years, global efforts have slowed down and progress has stalled. Malaria is increasing for the first time in the highest burden countries, so we can’t sit back now. Crucial funding decisions will be made at the Global Fund Replenishment next month, which will determine the appetite of donor countries to pledge to fighting malaria, tuberculosis and HIV, the top three preventable killer epidemics across the world.
While eradicating malaria is possible, the health community needs to step up the fight and ensure the right investment, technology and strategy are in place to achieve a malaria-free world within our generation.