With experts calling on Asia-Pacific countries to eliminate malaria by 2030, Cambodia has expressed optimism that it will become malaria-free by 2025.
The experts gathered in Singapore yesterday to discuss the progress to curb malaria from the Asia-Pacific region during the of The Lancet Commission’s on malaria eradication.
Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, said countries like Singapore that have eliminated malaria are supporting their peers. He said the expertise and technology to eradicate malaria are now available in the region.
According to a report by the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, although more than 25,000 cases were recorded in the first nine months this year, no deaths were recorded from malaria in the Kingdom.
Dr Huy Rekol, director of the NCPEMC, said the number of malaria cases has dropped by nearly 50 percent when compared to the same nine-month period last year.
“Cambodia has zero malaria-related death this year and infections caused by falciparum [the deadliest type of malaria] were just about 2,000 cases,” Dr Rekol said. “This is a huge decrease. If we look back to 2018, there were 10,000 cases.”
He noted that it is likely Cambodia will eliminate infections in its territory by 2025.
“Cambodia has made a significant move in the fight against malaria,” Dr Rekol said. “With these results, Cambodia now stands among successful countries in the region.”
The Health Ministry previously said that as one of the six countries that make up the Greater Mekong Sub-region, Cambodia continues to commit to eliminating malaria before 2030 through a call for action at the ministerial level throughout the sub-region.
“In the last five years, the sub-region has more than halved the number of malaria cases and reduced deaths by more than 80 percent. Cambodia has the ambitious target to eliminate all human malaria in its territory by 2025,” the ministry previously said in a statement.