As with many other public health epidemics, testing and monitoring of the sick is key to understanding how to stop the spread of the disease. This World Malaria Day, WHO is urging governments not to forget this important component of malarial control. The agency urges countries hit hardest by malaria to move toward universal access to diagnostic testing and antimalarial treatment, and to build robust malaria surveillance systems.
“Until countries are able to test, treat and report every malaria case, we will never defeat this disease,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. "We need strong and sustained political commitment from all countries where malaria is endemic, and from the global health community, to see this fight through to the end.”