WHO fighters against malaria in the Western Pacific



In May 2013, malaria experts from across the WHO Western Pacific Region, and beyond, assembled at the Regional Office for the Western Pacific in Manila, the Philippines, to take stock of the fight against the disease and to plot ways forward. Among them were WHO regional malaria advisers going back to 1990, and one for pharmaceuticals. This video is their story of malaria control in the Western Pacific.


WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific

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Publication date: 29 October 2013
Languages: English


In the WHO Western Pacific Region, malaria is in retreat.

Over the last two decades, in the 10 countries where it remains endemic, cases have decreased by more than 71%, and deaths by nearly 86%. Nine of these countries have vowed to accomplish the previously unimaginable—eliminate the disease.

Much depends on whether the effectiveness of the front line anti-malaria drug artemisinin can be preserved. If artemisinin-resistant malaria were to break out of its strongholds in parts of Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, the consequences would be grave. WHO is determined to stop this from happening. Working with its Member States, it is determined to neutralize malaria as a threat to public health.


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