By Ivan Ssenabulya
The World Health Organization, WHO has commended 11 countries for having fully succeeded in eliminating malaria.
WHO has declared Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Paraguay, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, among others Malaria free, and says it was possible in two decades.
In statement from the global health body released on Sunday during the World Malaria Day cerebrations, it noted that most countries have succeeded in eliminating malaria and emphasized domestic funding.
The 2019 figures from WHO show, 229 million cases of malaria were recorded with 400,000 malaria-related deaths. Children under 5 years account for two thirds of the deaths.
According to the Malaria Atlas Project, by 2018, Uganda was the 3rd among countries with the highest global burden of malaria cases.