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Can we eradicate malaria by 2050?



The report indicates that an annual spending of $6 billion or more is required, while the current global expenditure is approximately $4.3 billion. An additional investment of $2 billion per year is necessary, with a quarter of the funds coming from increased development assistance from external donors and the rest from government health spending in malaria-endemic countries, according to the report.

However, other areas of concern remain, including the current lack of effective and widely deployable outdoor biting technologies, though these are expected to be available within the next decade, according to the report.

In terms of the modeling used in the report, the authors noted that past performance does not “capture the effect of mass drug administration or mass chemoprevention because these interventions are either relatively new or have yet to be applied widely. These underestimates might be counteracted by the absence of drug or insecticide resistance from our projections,which result in overly optimistic estimates for the continued efficacy of current tools.”

The commission was launched in October 2017 by the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco. The commission built on the 2010 Lancet Malaria Elimination Series, “which evaluated the operational, technical, and financial requirements for malaria elimination and helped shape and build early support for the eradication agenda,” according to the report.

SOURCE: Feachem RGA et al. Lancet. 2019 Sept 8. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)31139-0.


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