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2023 World Malaria Report

2023 World Malaria Report:


The 2023 World Malaria Report, recently released by the World Health Organization (WHO), sheds light on the alarming malaria situation in India and globally.

Key Highlights of the Report:

  • The 2023 World Malaria Report reveals a global surge with an estimated 249 million cases in 2022, surpassing pre-pandemic levels.
  • Covid-19 disruptions, drug resistance, humanitarian crises, and climate change pose threats to the global malaria response.
  • Twenty-nine countries accounted for 95% of malaria cases globally.
  • Four countries, Nigeria (27%), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (12%), Uganda (5%), and Mozambique (4%), accounted for almost half of all malaria cases globally.
  • In 2022, India accounted for a staggering 66% of malaria cases in the WHO South-East Asia Region.
  • Plasmodium vivax, a protozoal parasite, contributed to almost 46% of cases in the region.
  • Despite a 55% reduction in cases since 2015, India remains a significant contributor to the global malaria burden.
  • India faces challenges, including a surge in cases in 2023 linked to unseasonal rainfall.
  • India and Indonesia accounted for about 94% of all malaria deaths in the WHO South-East Asia Region.
  • Africa bears the highest malaria burden, accounting for 94% of cases and 95% of global malaria deaths in 2022.
  • The WHO South-East Asia Region, including India, managed to contain malaria over the last two decades, with a 77% reduction in cases and deaths since 2000.