The World Health Organization is commending Algeria and Argentina for becoming the latest countries to eliminate malaria.
WHO DG Tedros Ghebreyesus said this achievement “is a model for countries working to end this disease. Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease, and can be prevented through a vaccine. In 2017, there were 219 million cases worldwide, with 400,000 malaria-related deaths, WHO reports.
Argentina and Algeria were able to eliminate malaria through improved health care. This included free diagnosis and treatments, and fast responses to outbreaks. So now, 38 countries and territories are free of malaria, and experts say it’s entirely possible to end the disease on a global scale, but there needs to be more funding.