WHO Europe aims for regional malaria elimination by 2015
The WHO European Region aims to eliminate malaria from the region by 2015, the agency said in a World Malaria Day press release. The agency called the goal “realistic and attainable,” given recent progress.
Cases of locally acquired malaria have declined dramatically in recent years, the agency said, from 90,712 in 1995 to only 37 in 2013. The 2013 cases were reported in Greece, Tajikistan, and Turkey.
Imported cases continue to pose a problem, however, with about 5,000 reported in the region in 2013.
The WHO has published a manual to help nations assess the technical, operational, and financial feasibility of moving toward malaria elimination, according to the release.