Global Malaria fight at risk as cases surge, WHO warns.

In a stark revelation, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports a perilous setback in the battle against malaria, with cases soaring by approximately 5 million in 2022 alone, surpassing global containment targets. Pandemic-related disruptions and climate change-induced extreme weather events have impeded progress, exacerbating malaria prevalence, particularly in regions with severe weather fluctuations. Despite advances, the fight against the disease had already faced challenges such as drug resistance, insecticide resistance, and conflict. Urgent action is crucial to prevent a dramatic resurgence that could erase two decades of hard-fought gains, warns Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The report underscores the need for increased funding, revealing a significant gap in the global response to malaria.