World Malaria Day - 25 April 2018

World Health Organization (WHO) joins partner organizations in promoting this year’s World Malaria Day theme, “Ready to beat malaria”.

Ready to beat malaria

This theme underscores the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community in uniting around the common goal of a world free of malaria. Urgent action is required to get the global fight against malaria back on track. That’s why WHO is calling for greater investment and expanded coverage of proven tools that prevent, diagnose and treat malaria.

  • The global response to malaria is at a crossroads. After an unprecedented period of success in malaria control, progress has stalled.
  • The current pace is insufficient to achieve the 2020 milestones of the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 – specifically, targets calling for a 40% reduction in malaria case incidence and death rates.
  • Countries with ongoing transmission are increasingly falling into one of 2 categories: those moving towards elimination and those with a high burden of the disease that have reported significant increases in malaria cases.

On #WorldMalariaDay, @WHO calls for urgent action to get the global fight against #malaria back on track. expanding access to core malaria-fighting tools is needed to meet the 2030 global health targets #HealthForall Click to Tweet

This year’s World Malaria Day coincides with the start of a year-long series of activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of WHO.

The Global Malaria Programme is marking this special occasion with the publication of a series of malaria-focused interviews with leaders and advocates in the global response to malaria. The full set of interviews will be available on the WHO website as of 25 April.

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