Malaria has been defeated, hasn't it? No, not quite yet. But we have partly reached the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. In the year 2000, the UN formulated the goal to either stop the spread of malaria and other dangerous infectious diseases or to push them back.
The countries that are heavily affected by malaria have made great progress under this developmental agenda that covered the time until 2015. Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria have been significantly improved. Mortality through malaria has been reduced. As a consequence, the social and economic pressure on the affected countries has also decreased.
But this progress is in danger: Malaria has not been defeated yet because many of the countries lack the funding required to implement all measures necessary to successfully combat malaria.
A reversal of trend is impending here with the return or malaria. The plasmodium parasite that causes the disease is becoming resistant to drugs in some areas. And the anopheles mosquito that carries the parasite is also developing resistances - against pesticides. This is why it is very important to build on the success so far.
It is intended to accomplish this during the next developmental agenda by the UN, the Sustainable Development Goals. This agenda is currently formulated and covers the time until 2030. It will contain concrete political goals that all signatory states agree to reach. Right on time for the start of this agenda, World Malaria Day 2016 is under the motto "End Malaria for Good" - to keep the momentum of the last 15 years.
Even though the new developmental goals are not fully formulated yet, development and work have not stopped, especially not in research and associations. Heads of states and their delegates are still negotiating. But little things that happen in the meantime could become very important to fight malaria and provide a better life for many people. Learn more about this at the official campaign page (http://www.worldmalariaday.org) and in social media with the hashtag #endmalaria.
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