The World Malaria Report is the World Health Organisation’s flagship malaria publication, released each year in December. It assesses global and regional malaria trends, highlights progress towards global targets, and describes opportunities and challenges in controlling and eliminating the disease.
MAP produced estimates of insecticide-treated mosquito net (ITN) coverage for African countries using data from household surveys, ITN deliveries by manufacturers, ITNs distributed by national malaria control programmes (NMCPs), and ITN coverage indicators. We also produced estimates of Plasmodium falciparum parasite prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr Donal Bisanzio and Dr Katherine Battle of MAP produced estimates of treatment-seeking trends in both the public and private sector. MAP’s work was managed and coordinated by Dr Dan Weiss and Mike Thorn.
The maps for country and regional profiles were produced by MAP’s ROAD-MAPII team (led by Mike Thorn); map production was led and coordinated by Jen Rozier, with help from Daniel Pfeffer, Kate Twohig, Joe Harris and Harry Gibson. Details on how MAP creates the Country Profile maps for the World Malaria Report have been released for the first time.
This year’s report shows that after an unprecedented period of success in global malaria control, progress has stalled. In 2016, there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria, an increase of about 5 million cases over 2015. Deaths reached 445 000, a similar number to the previous year.