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. 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 Lisa Chestnutt, Colin Johnston, and Joe Harris. 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. Data from 2015–2017 highlight that no significant progress in reducing global malaria cases was made in this period. There were an estimated 219 million cases and 435,000 related deaths in 2017.