02 Jul 2021
Malaria-free certification: ChinaThe World Health Organization has awarded China a certification of malaria elimination
On 30 June 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) awarded a certificate of malaria elimination to China . Certification of malaria elimination is the official recognition of a country’s malaria-free status. WHO grants the certification when a country has demonstrated, with rigorous, credible evidence, that the chain of indigenous malaria transmission by Anopheles mosquitoes has been interrupted nationwide for at least the past three consecutive years. A country must also demonstrate that a fully functional surveillance and response system is in place to prevent the re-establishment of transmission [1, 2].
Globally 40 countries and territories have now achieved malaria-free status .
The Country Information page for China and the Public Health England Advisory Committee on Malaria Prevention guidelines will be updated in due course to reflect that malaria is no longer a risk in this country.