Countries of the Greater Mekong making inroads in the race towards elimination
Bulletin 6 of the Mekong Malaria Elimination programme
In recent years, countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) have hastened their efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria. Enhanced surveillance systems are enabling the collection and sharing of more timely data on trends in the disease. Between 2012 and 2016, the reported number of malaria cases and deaths in the GMS fell by 74% and 91%, respectively. Mid-year estimates for 2017 point to a further decline in cases.
Achieving these impressive results are the 6 countries of the subregion: Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China (specifically Yunnan Province), the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. Together, they are making significant headway towards a common target: eliminating malaria by the year 2030.
As the lead global technical agency, WHO supports GMS countries as they work to counter multidrug resistance and eliminate malaria. This latest WHO bulletin provides an overview of countries' achievements to date.