29 April 2016
Malaria could be wiped out from six African states by 2020, the World Health Organization has said in a report published to mark World Malaria Day.
The six include South Africa, where the number of cases have fallen from 64,000 in 2000 to 11,700 in 2014. “Through targeted action and cross-border collaboration, South Africa has the potential to eliminate malaria by 2020,” the WHO report said. Other countries where the disease could be eradicated by 2020 include Algeria, Botswana, Cape Verde, Comoros and Swaziland, it added.
The only African state which did not record a case of malaria in 2014 was Morocco, the WHO said. “Since the year 2000, malaria mortality rates have declined by 60% globally. In the WHO African region, malaria mortality rates fell by 66% among all age groups and by 71% among children under 5 years,” it added.