11 October 2016 – Since 2000, the world has seen unprecedented progress in the fight against malaria. UN Member States are increasingly calling for malaria elimination in their own country or region, prompting renewed discussion around the ultimate goal of global malaria eradication. To address issues on the feasibility, expected costs, timelines and potential strategies for achieving eradication, WHO has established a Strategic advisory group on malaria eradication.
30 September 2016 – At the latest meeting of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC), members of the committee reviewed proposed WHO guidance on malaria elimination and on ivermectin use for malaria transmission control. The agenda included, among other topics, updates on the RTS,S malaria vaccine and on the new WHO Strategic Advisory Group on malaria eradication. The meeting report is now available online.
Health ministers adopt new plan for malaria elimination in the Americas
29 September 2016 – The new "Plan of Action for Malaria Elimination 2016–2020" builds on major progress already made in the Americas, including a more than 70% decline in malaria deaths since 2000. Aligned with WHO’s "Global Technical Strategy for Malaria", the plan seeks over the next four years to further reduce malaria cases by 40%, to intensify elimination efforts in all 21 endemic countries of the region, and to achieve malaria-free status in at least four of those countries.
WHO certifies Sri Lanka as malaria-free
5 September 2016 – In a remarkable public health achievement, Sri Lanka was certified today by WHO on having eliminated malaria. “This is testament to the courage and vision of its leaders and signifies the great leaps that can be made when targeted action is taken,” said WHO Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh. “It also demonstrates the importance of grass-roots community engagement and a whole-of-society approach when it comes to making dramatic public health gains,” she added.
1 September 2016 – Increased access to malaria prevention, diagnostics and treatment is having a direct impact on trends in the disease across the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). According to the latest WHO data, the six GMS countries cut their malaria incidence by more than 54% between 2012 and 2015. Malaria mortality is also rapidly declining, with an 84% drop in deaths reported since 2012.
Areas of work
- Diagnostic testing
- Drug resistance and containment
- Entomology and vector control
- Malaria elimination
- Malaria vaccine development
Spotlight on the WHO RAcE programme
The Rapid Access Expansion (RAcE) programme supports the scale-up of integrated community case management of pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria among under-five children in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Update on artemisinin and ACT resistance
WHO malaria terminology
False-negative RDT results and implications of new reports of P. falciparum HRP 2/3 gene deletions
Recommended selection criteria for procurement of malaria rapid diagnostic tests
Data and statistics
- Global antimalarial drug efficacy database
- Global insecticide resistance database
- Global Health Observatory: cases and deaths
- Global Malaria Mapper
Global Technical Strategy
World Malaria Report
Policy Advisory Committee
A word from the experts
Hear from some of the world-renowned researchers that guide WHO’s malaria policies.
"Countries have done a great job decreasing malaria cases and deaths, but we’re not out of the woods yet."
"Science is still a challenging field for women to enter, and even more so in which to progress."
"After all this progress, the hardest bits are yet to come. But these will also be the best bits, because it means we will be working towards elimination."
More on malaria
Fact sheets and Q&As
Call for applications for membership on the Technical Expert Group on Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation
Call for expressions of interest for Round 8 of the WHO Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test Product Testing Programme
A new malaria framework for Africa
Experts lay groundwork for new global response to vector-borne diseases
WHO welcomes support from Gavi for malaria vaccine pilot programme
Over the last 15 years, there has been a remarkable decline in the global malaria burden. This video highlights achievements in malaria control and the global strategy to address remaining gaps.