The Severe Malaria Observatory welcomes the 2022 World Malaria Report

08 Dec 2022

The 2022 World Malaria Report reveals that despite disruptions to prevention, diagnostic and treatment services during the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world have largely held the line against additional setbacks to malaria control. In 2021, 619 000 lives were lost to malaria globally compared to 625 000 in the previous year and to 568 000 in 2019, before the pandemic struck. There were an additional two million malaria cases in 2021 compared to 2020. In 2021, the number of malaria cases globally reached 247 million compared to 245 million in 2020 and 232 million in 2019. Africa shoulders about 95% of cases and 96% of deaths globally in 2021.

Major factors limiting progress against malaria control and elimination include disruptions during the pandemic and converging humanitarian crises, health system challenges, restricted funding, rising biological threats and a decline in the effectiveness of core disease-cutting tools threaten the global response to malaria. Read the full report.