Document Type : Review articles
INDIAN COUNCIL OF MEDICAL RESEARCH - NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MALARIA RESEARCH
Background: Malaria continues to affect some of the countries of the World Health Organization's Eastern Mediterranean Region.
Aims: The aims of this paper are to present a birds-eye view of the Malaria situation in the World Health Organization's Eastern Mediterranean Region.
Methods: The methods included online searches related to Malaria for each country such as from the World Health Organization, the World Bank, from journal articles as well as from national program documents.
Results: Fourteen countries (Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Syria, Tunisia, and United Arab Emirates) are free of indigenous Malaria transmission while the remaining eight countries (Afghanistan, Djibouti, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen) are progressing towards that target. Each of these eight countries is in a different state of accomplishment of reaching the Malaria elimination target.
Conclusion: Iran and Saudi Arabia are most likely to receive certification of Malaria elimination in the immediate future.