June 30, 2021
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared China malaria-free, after a 70-year effort to wipe it out.
China used to report 30 million cases a year during the 1940s. Since then, eradication efforts have driven down case numbers. The country used various methods to break the cycle of transmission of the parasite via mosquitos.
The WHO said the country had now gone four years without registering a case, giving it malaria-free certification. China’s success was hard-earned, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and came only after decades of targeted and sustained action.