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Stronger global advocacy and further resources needed to support malaria fight

Although this year’s World Malaria Report shows promise, it also heralds a warning for the future, say co-directors of LSHTM’s Malaria Centre, Jackie Cook and Sam Wassmer.
Women with mosquito nets, Busolwa, Tanzania.

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) released their annual report chronicling the latest statistics in the global fight against malaria. Thanks to the incredible work of governments and implementing organisations, the estimated number of malaria deaths has fallen from 625,000 in 2020 to 619,000 in 2021. This relatively small margin represents a huge success for the malaria community in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating that despite disruptions to prevention services and the socio-economic impact of COVID-19, we were able to largely hold the line against further setbacks to malaria control.

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