The World Health Organization (WHO) World Malaria Report 2020 is based on information received from national malaria control programmes and other partners, in 87 malaria-endemic countries. The data shows that in 2019, a global total of 229 million cases of malaria were recorded, including more than 400,000 deaths from the disease.
The report reflects on key events and milestones that have helped shape the global response to malaria over the last two decades, a period during which the WHO estimate 1.5 billion cases and 7.6 million deaths were averted. This year’s report also features a special section on malaria and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a detailed analysis on progress towards the 2020 milestones of the WHO’s global malaria strategy.
As in previous years, the report includes an up-to-date assessment on the burden of malaria at global, regional, and country levels, and tracks investment in malaria programmes and research, as well as detailing progress across the four intervention areas of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and surveillance. There are also dedicated chapters on malaria elimination and key threats, such as insecticide and drug resistance.
Source: WHO, 30 November 2020