New atlas charts prospects for malaria eliminationPublished On: Tue, Oct 18th, 2011 | Malaria | By BioNews
A new global atlas offers the first full-colour, detailed depiction of malaria now declining in many parts of the globe, predicting the possibility for the elimination of the disease.
The “Atlas of Malaria-Eliminating Countries” spotlights countries successfully moving toward eliminating the disease and provides a visual tool to help focus resources where they are needed most.
Created by the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), in partnership with the Malaria Atlas Project at the University of Oxford, the new atlas will be released on Oct. 17, 2011, coinciding with the second Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Malaria Forum in Seattle, “Optimism and Urgency.”
“As this atlas demonstrates, many countries are making remarkable strides to progressively shrink the malaria map from the endemic margins of the disease inward,” said Sir Richard Feachem, KBE, FREng, DSc(Med), PhD, Director of the UCSF Global Health Group.
“Thirty-six of the 99 countries that still have malaria are moving rapidly toward elimination. We are supporting them in a number of ways to achieve their goal of becoming malaria-free,” Feachem said.
The atlas highlights those countries that have made real progress in eliminating malaria, and illustrates some of the remaining risks and challenges as they pursue their ultimate goal of elimination.
“The atlas will be a useful tool for the global malaria community to better understand the prospects for malaria elimination,” said Suzanne McCarron, President of the ExxonMobil Foundation.