What you need to know from the 2016 World Malaria Report
Released every December, the World Malaria Report examines trends for malaria control and elimination. The report draws on data from 91 countries and territories with ongoing malaria transmission and tracks progress toward targets from the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria. Following are the key takeaways from the report:

1) The percentage of women receiving the recommended doses of preventive treatment in 20 African countries increased fivefold between 2010 and 2015.
2) The world appears to be on track to meet one Global Technical Strategy for Malaria target i.e to eliminate malaria in 10 countries by 2020. However, the target that is not being met is to reduce malaria incidence and mortality rates by 40% by 2020.
3) 10 countries reported no malaria deaths in 2015. Sri Lanka and Kyrgyzstan too achieved malaria free status in 2016.
4) There are significant coverage gaps in terms of reaching out with the existing tools to those who need them as well as new innovations to facilitate malaria control.
5) Malaria funding has increased considerably between 2000 and 2010, however, it has flatlined in the last five years.
6) Lastly, 2015 saw 212 million new cases of malaria and 429,000 deaths worldwide

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