According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report, as many as 21 countries could be free from malaria by 2020. This report marks the World Malaria Day which is today 25th April. This report is a part of the programme focused on malaria which will run from 2016 to 20130. Right now a country is considered malaria free if it does not any cases of indigenous malaria for a full year. According the report, worldwide cases of malaria has declined by 60% since 2010 but malaria is still a deadly factor in world health. In fact last year itself, 400,000 people died from malaria of 214 million affected people in 95 countries.
Eradicating malaria from 20 of those 95 countries will surely put a halt to the death toll. The 21 countries in focus are Bhutan, Botswana, Timor-Leste, Algeria, Nepal, El Salvador, Republic of Korea, Mexico, China, Belize, Saudi Arabia, Comoros, Cabo Verde, South Africa, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Swaziland, Iran, Suriname, Costa Rica and Ecuador. WHO director of Global Malaria Programme Pedro Alonso said, “Our report shines a spotlight on countries that are well on their way to eliminating malaria.” He also added that “New technologies must go hand in hand with strong political and financial commitment.”