From the first recorded scientific research on malaria in 1880 to present day, malaria has consistently been a major public health concern. It was projected that by 2010, the global population at risk of malaria would reduce to 50.11% in 88 countries from 77.03% in 140 countries (Hay et al., 2004). Globally, about 217 million cases of malaria were reported in 2016 with over 2 million more cases reported in 2017 (WHO, 2018). This is particularly alarming in Africa as 90% of the global malaria cases are found in the Sub-saharan region, with nearly 25% of these cases arising from Nigeria (WHO, 2019).
Even though nine countries across the globe have maintained zero cases of malaria for 3 consecutive years within the period of 2007 to 2018, malaria still remains a continuous public health concern as every 2 minutes a child’s death is recorded due to malaria.
With the burden of malaria cases on the rise in certain countries, what are some of the effective measures that could be adopted to reduce malaria mortality by 2030? What are the roles you as an individual have to play in eradicating malaria in your society?