Reportedly, NASA is developing an innovative technique to predict malaria outbursts in Myanmar from space, as the development of new drug-resistant strains across Southeast Asia looms efforts to eliminate the fatal disease globally. The objective of malaria eradication globally in a generation, by the end of 2050, is “courageous but attainable,” as per to a report released in this week in the journal The Lancet. As per to the figures from WHO (World Health Organization), the cases of Malaria and deaths dropped by over 90% in Myanmar amid 2010 and 2017 and a success mostly credited to improve rural health services and broader usage of treated bed nets. But Myanmar still has a greater incidence than its neighbors in the Mekong region.
Many drug-resistant strains are gaining traction in Southeast Asia and it is known that these can drift to Africa where over 90% of new cases arise globally. To encounter this danger, NASA is using “cutting edge” spatial technology to combat malaria outbursts before they arise, Tatiana Loboda—Researcher and Professor at Maryland University stated to AFP. She added, “Many people utilize somewhat spatial modeling, but not with the same capabilities and depth as we are doing here.” The satellites present meteorological information, as well as atmospheric water content, land surface temperatures, and statistics about land cover, including shrub land, forest, settlements or water.
On a similar note, recently, a study stated that malaria can and must be eradicated within a generation, as declared by the global health experts. A forthcoming generation free of malaria—which is one of the oldest and fatal diseases globally—can be attained as early as 2050. Authored by 41 top malariologists, economists, biomedical scientists, and health policy experts worldwide, this seminal report creates existing evidence with latest epidemiological and financial reviews to demonstrate that with the assistance of correct strategies, tools, and sufficient funding the eradication of the disease is likely within a generation.