Swaziland could soon become malaria free, indicates data from a national control program, specifying that between 2000 and 2014 the number of cases dropped by 99%.
The statistics also indicate that in 2013 the nation only registered 230 cases. According to Richard Feachem, director of the Global Health Group at the University of California in San Francisco, Swaziland could eliminate malaria by the end of 2016 or in early 2017. Malaria-free certification from the World Health Organization (WHO) will however take another three years.
Africa remains the region in the world worst-hit by malaria. According to WHO, in 2013 over 163 million cases and some 528,000 deaths were registered.