Zeroing in on malaria elimination: Final report of the E-2020 initiative

21 Apr 2021

Through the E-2020 initiative, launched in 2017, WHO has supported 21 countries in their efforts to get to zero malaria cases within the 2020 timeline. A new report assesses progress and lessons learned in these countries over the last 3 years.

In recent years, WHO has sounded the alarm over worrying trends in the global response to malaria: progress has levelled off, and many countries hardest hit by the disease have been losing ground.

At the same time, a growing number of countries with a low burden of malaria have been moving with steady determination towards the target of zero malaria, providing a source of inspiration for all malaria-endemic nations that are working to stamp out the disease.

Since 2017, WHO has supported a group of 21 malaria-eliminating countries through a special initiative called the “E-2020”. This report charts their progress towards a common goal: eliminating malaria within the 2020 timeline.

As described in these pages, many countries that reached zero malaria cases carried, at one time, a very high burden of malaria. Their elimination successes have shown the world that getting to zero is a viable goal for all countries, no matter how near or far they may be from that target today.

Visit the WHO website for more information and to view the full report.