Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) reported over 400,295 cases in 2018. Due to malaria It carries the constant threat of unexpected medical bills, lost income or education, and suffering.
For the millions worldwide living with the daily reality of malaria, bringing an end to this awful disease can feel like a distant dream.
The fight against malaria got a shot in the arm on April 24, 2019, with research organisations coming together on a common platform aiming to eliminate the disease.
Over the past two decades, India has made good progress in malaria control. The disease burden has declined by 59% (2.03 million cases in 2000 to 0.84 million in 2017) and deaths due to the disease by 89 per cent (932 in 2000 to 103 in 2017). The success has led to the government to make a commitment to eliminate malaria by 2030.
The human cost of malaria to our country is simply unacceptable.
There are several challenges remain including critical operational gaps in service access, particularly for vulnerable populations in high transmission areas as well as in the services provided by the private sector.
Indian Council of Medical Research has put together a programme to bring the various stakeholders on a single platform to identify and prioritise research work needed to meet the target to eliminate the disease by 2030.