Elimination and eradication
Malaria elimination – the interruption of local mosquito-borne malaria transmission – is the end goal in the fight against the disease. In addition to being vital for public health and part of overall development efforts, malaria elimination will have a profound impact on other sectors, such as business and tourism.
Malaria eradication is the permanent elimination to zero of worldwide incidence of malaria infection.
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In this increasingly interconnected world, no country can afford to be complacent about the disease. Whether previously malarious or not, non-malarious countries must support the efforts of endemic countries to eliminate the disease.
An elimination programme builds on the successful control of malaria mortality and morbidity.
Monitoring and evaluation not only allow the progress of the programme to be assessed and documented, but also allow a credible information database to be established, which is needed for ultimate certification of malaria elimination.
WHO Certification of malaria elimination
Certification of malaria elimination – the recognition of a considerable operational achievement – is granted by the World Health Organization to countries that have successfully maintained their malaria-free status for at least three consecutive years.