The World Health Organisation (WHO) is launching a new initiative which aims to halt transmission of malaria in 25 more countries by 2025.
The initiative is to be launched on World Malaria Day on April 25.
Thailand, South Africa and Saudi Arabia are among the countries the WHO aimed to make malaria-free.
The 25 countries will receive specialized support and technical guidance to help eradicate the disease.
The WHO said in a statement that Countries in South-East Asia’s have already made great strides.
Adding that the number of cases in the region comprised of Cambodia, China\], Thailand and Vietnam fell by 97 per cent between 2000 and 2020.
In 2019, there were an estimated 229 million cases of malaria worldwide.
The estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 409,000 in 2019, according to the WHO.