Where gene drive fits into WHO’s new Global Malaria Programme operational strategy

Mouhamed Drabo,  Target Malaria,  2024.

On the 23rd of April 2024, WHO published an updated operational strategy for its Global Malaria Programme for the years 2024-2030. The Global Malaria Programme was initially guided by a strategy intended to cover the years 2016-2030, which served as a framework and guide for efforts to reduce the global malaria incidence and mortality rates by at least 90% within that period. Since then, a stall in progress has indicated that a different, more intensive approach needs to be taken. WHO’s updated operational strategy, notes that ‘In 2022, there were an estimated 249 million new cases of malaria worldwide, compared to 231 million in 2015.’, indicating that current efforts towards malaria elimination are not effective enough, and that the current framework, which was last revised in 2021, required for a new update.

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