Dr Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist at WHO, told a meeting in London to mark World Malaria Day on April 25 that the next five years were crucial in the fight against the disease.
“In the countries that have been successful we have seen a combination of a few factors at play. You need political will at the highest level, you need to have vector [mosquito] control, case detection and treatment. And you also need excellent data,” she said.
Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, told the meeting that last year’s commitments were a “major step forward” in the fight against the disease.
But he added: “We had such explicit political commitment at the event last year. However, we do need to see that translated into action, specifically into action around committing the resources required.”