Malaria could be eliminated by 2050

The world could be free of malaria – one of the oldest and deadliest diseases to affect humanity – within a generation, a major report says. The report was commissioned by the World Health Organization three years ago to assess how feasible it would be, and how much it would cost. Forty-one of the world’s leading malaria experts – ranging from scientists to economists – have concluded that it can be done by 2050. Their report, published in the Lancet, is being described as “the first of its kind”. “For too long, malaria eradication has been a distant dream, but now we have evidence that malaria can and should be eradicated by 2050,” said Sir Richard Feachem, one of the report authors. “This report shows that eradication is possible within a generation.”

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