Intensified Malaria Control Programme

About

Malaria continues to remain one of the public health concerns in India and are both a cause and consequence of poverty and inequity. However, Malaria is preventable and curable. Malaria interventions are highly cost-effective and demonstrate one of the highest returns on investment in public health. In countries where the disease is endemic, efforts to control and eliminate malaria are increasingly viewed as high-impact strategic investments that generate significant returns for public health, help to alleviate poverty, improve equity and contribute to overall development.

As per National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) [Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW)] Malaria Situation Report 2015, 287 people died due to malaria and overall there were 1,126,661 cases of malaria in India. In 2014, there were 562 malaria related deaths across the country and 11,02,205 malaria cases.

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Impact

  • During the period 2000 to 2015, cases declined by 44% from 2.03 million to 1.13 million and deaths declined by 69% from 932 to 287 (National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme 2016).
  • The confirmed deaths due to malaria have also declined from 349 in 2008 to 119 in 2013.
  • Sharp reduction of malaria cases and deaths due to malaria in project states (7) as shown in the figure.