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World Malaria Day 2021: Reaching the zero malaria target

by Public Health Update

25th April is celebrated as World Malaria Day. The World Malaria Day is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control. World Malaria Day was instituted by WHO Member States during the World Health Assembly of 2007.

World Malaria Day 2021

This year, WHO and partners will mark World Malaria Day by celebrating the achievements of countries that are approaching – and achieving – malaria elimination.

They provide inspiration for all nations that are working to stamp out this deadly disease and improve the health and livelihoods of their populations.

Key messages

  • ACCELERATING WITH URGENCY: In the face of COVID, we must do more to protect everyone at risk of malaria. We can’t focus on beating COVID at the expense of accelerating progress against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease.
  • REALIZING SUCCESS IN ELIMINATION: Malaria elimination is possible and critical to fighting current and future diseases.
  • SECURING GLOBAL HEALTH: Ending endemic diseases like malaria is the pathway to beating pandemics like COVID. Further investments in ending malaria reduces the burden on health systems and increases capacity to prevent, detect and respond to pandemics.
  • ENGAGING YOUTH: Today’s youth are the generation that will end malaria.

World Malaria Report

Call to action

This World Malaria Day, we must protect and accelerate gains against malaria and leverage malaria investments to fight COVID and emerging disease by:

  • Surging investments in malaria programmes and building on the effective community health systems established for the malaria fight.
  • Continuing to invest in collaboration and innovations including in real-time data and scaling up delivery of proven interventions and the research & development of new interventions that help us stay ahead of the parasite and mosquito.
  • Promoting and facilitating safe and timely treatment of fever and increasing PPE supply for health workers.
  • Empowering the next generation to hold leaders accountable for stepped up action to end malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that steals futures and kills a child every two minutes.

Source of info: WHO & End Malaria.ORG

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