World Malaria Day, established by the United Nations General Assembly, is internationally observed on 25th April each year. The day presents an opportunity to raise awareness of the incredible opportunity we have to eliminate one of the oldest and deadliest diseases and save millions of lives and help communities thrive.
Numerous events are held in malaria-affected and donor countries around the world to mobilize global and local leaders, civil society, the private sector, academic institutions and communities in the fight to end malaria.
After more than a decade of steady advances in fighting malaria, progress has levelled off. According to WHO’s latest World malaria report, no significant gains were made in reducing malaria cases in the period 2015 to 2017. The estimated number of malaria deaths in 2017, at 435 000, remained virtually unchanged over the previous year.
The WHO African Region continues to shoulder more than 90% of the global malaria burden. Worryingly, in the 10 African countries hardest hit by malaria, there were an estimated 3.5 million more cases of the disease in 2017 over the previous year.
- keep malaria high on the political agenda
- mobilize additional resources
- empower communities to take ownership of malaria prevention and care
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