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Malaria could be stamped out by 2050

EMBARGOED TO 1900 THURSDAY AUGUST 29 Undated handout photo issued by the University of Glasgow of a mosquito. A new drug which could prevent the spread of malaria has been developed after "breakthrough" research led by a team at the university. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday August 29, 2019. The medicine, delivered by an international team of scientists led by the University of Glasgow, could also be used treat people suffering with the deadly parasitic disease. Malaria ??? a mosquito-borne infection ??? currently affects over 200 million people and kills nearly 500,000 every year, most whom are children. See PA story HEALTH Malaria. Photo credit should read: University of Glasgow/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Malaria could be stamped out in a generation if more funding is made available, experts have said (Picture: PA)

The killer disease malaria could be wiped out in just 30 years with enough funding and political will, experts have said.

Almost half a million people die from it every year but a report claims that complete eradication is possible by 2050.

Experts have warned that the issue is reaching a tipping point and that the progress made over the last few years could be lost unless a concerted effort is made.

Sir Richard Feacham, co-chair of The Lancets commission on malaria eradication, said: For too long, malaria eradication has been a distant dream but now we have evidence that malaria can and should be eradicated by 2050.

To achieve this common vision, we cannot simply continue with a business as usual approach.

The world is at a tipping point and we must instead challenge ourselves with ambitious targets and commit to the bold action needed to meet them.

A laboratory technician prepares on October 30, 2009 a sample from a volunteer for genotyping at the government-run Ifakara Health Institute in Bagamoyo, 70 kms north of Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam, where a pioneering vaccine against malaria is in its third phase of testing. Over 1,000 scientists and specialists are gathering in Nairobi until November 6, 2009 for the 5th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Pan-African Conference to assess the setbacks and gains in the areas of research, treatment and prevention of the disease, which kills over a million people in the world every year -- mostly children and pregnant women. PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Experts have called for more funding to be made available to help eradicate the killer disease (Picture: AFP)

The Lancet commission on malaria was set up in 2017 in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco to investigate how to stamp out the disease.

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It has now released a new report, authored by 41 malariologists, biomedical scientists, economists and health policy experts.

They found that there are over 200 million malaria cases each year and the worst affected are the under-fives, who account for some 61% of the deaths.

They found that the global incidence of the disease, one of the worlds oRead More – Source

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