The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it is theoretically possible to eradicate malaria, but, as they warned, not with the wrong vaccines and other methods that are currently used.
Every year, about 435 thousand people die from malaria, mostly in Africa.
So far, only smallpox virus has been eradicated in the human population.
Dr. Pedro Alonso, the director of the UN for the issue of malaria, said that this organization is committed to the eradication of malaria, but he admitted that with the money at their disposal, that will probably not be achieved.
He presented the results of the report on the assessment of whether the malaria eradication process should be carried out, AP reports.
He said that the experts concluded that given the existing uncertainties, they could not formulate a clear strategy and therefore could not propose a deadline or cost for malaria eradication.
The WHO has long considered the idea of eradicating malaria worldwide. The first campaign was attempted in 1955, but was abandoned ten years later.
For decades, health experts did not even talk about it, until the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation financially stood behind the idea.
“We need effective vaccination if we want to bring malaria under control, and we just don’t have it,” said Alistair Lister, dean of the biology department at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.