WHO Regional Office for Europe, 20 April 2016
In 2015, for the first time, the WHO European Region reported zero indigenous malaria cases, in line with the goal of the Tashkent Declaration to eliminate malaria from the Region by 2015. Until the end of the Second World War, malaria was endemic throughout much of southern Europe. The Balkans, Italy, Greece and Portugal were particularly affected. WHO launched the Global Malaria Eradication Programme, which was highly successful in eliminating malaria from several regions of the world, including Europe.