World faces escalating malaria threat with 5 million new cases in 2022, WHO warns.

The global fight against malaria is at risk of faltering as new cases rose by approximately 5 million year-on-year in 2022, surpassing global containment targets, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The surge is attributed to pandemic-related disruptions and extreme weather events, with floods in Pakistan causing a five-fold increase in malaria cases. Progress since 2015 had already stalled due to drug resistance, insecticide resistance, and conflicts. The WHO warns that unless immediate action is taken, malaria could resurge dramatically, jeopardizing gains made over the past two decades. Despite two new vaccines expected in 2023, a significant funding gap of $3.7 billion exists in the global effort to combat malaria.