United Nations - All 47 African member states of the World Health Organisation (WHO) adopted a new framework on how to deal with malaria on the continent, which still accounts for more than 90 percent of global malaria deaths in 2015, a UN spokesman told reporters here Monday.
"They agreed on specific interventions and actions to reach the goal of a malaria-free Africa," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at a daily news briefing here.
Although previous programs have reduced malaria deaths in Africa by 66 percent since the year 2000, the continent still bears the biggest malaria burden, Dujarric said.
The disease struck 190 million people on the continent in 2015 alone, and caused 400,000 deaths, he added. In addition, more than 800 million people in Africa are still at risk of malaria.
In line with the Sustainable Development Goals, WHO aims to eliminate the epidemic from the African continent by 2030, a target that would require an estimated US$66 billion to achieve.