Hyderabad, Apr 3 UNI | 4 months ago

Forty per cent of the global population are at risk of malaria in the WHO South-East Asia Region- home to a quarter of the world's population, according to WHO On World Health Day - April 7, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is urging countries to prevent and control vector-borne diseases including chikungunya, dengue, kala-zar, lymphatic filariasis and malaria, among others.

While countries in South-East Asia have made substantial economic progress, diseases such as dengue and malaria fuel a vicious cycle of poverty and have a significant impact on socio-economic status of communities, according to WHO.

These diseases are still killing thousands of people in the WHO South-East Asia Region. Malaria is endemic in 10 of the 11 countries of the Region -- Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste, it said. Maldives is the only country in the Region that has remained free of malaria (malaria-free since 1984) while SriLanka made remarkable progress in controlling malaria by bringing cases down from 203 000 in 2000 to zero locally acquired malaria cases since November 2012, the WHO said in a release here today.

(Posted on 03-04-2014)