Malaria

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WHO unveils new vectol control strategy

11 October 2017 – WHO is rolling out today the new Global Vector Control Response 2017-2030. The strategy, strongly supported by Member States at the World Health Assembly in May 2017, aims to strengthen vector control worldwide through increased capacity, improved surveillance, better coordination and integrated action across sectors and diseases.

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Antimalarial drug resistance in the Greater Mekong: How concerned should we be?

29 September 2017 – Several news organizations have recently reported on the rapid spread of a “dangerous” malaria parasite that “cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs” – a parasite they describe as “super malaria”. Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme, responds to the concerns raised in these reports in an online Q&A.

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Dr Tedros, WHO Director-General, speaks at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly

Leaders at UN General Assembly step up commitments in the fight against malaria

22 September 2017 – Convening at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Heads of State and senior officials from across Africa, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas called for intensified efforts to meet the targets of the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030.

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Europe commits to staying malaria-free

4 September 2017 – The WHO European Region is the first to achieve malaria-free status. While this represents a landmark achievement, continued focus and action is needed to preserve these gains and prevent the re-establishment of malaria transmission. Through the Ashgabat Statement, launched today, Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States reaffirm their commitment and identify clear actions that they will take collectively.

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Cases

212 millionmalaria cases worldwide in 2015

Progress report

Incidence

21%global decrease in malaria incidence between 2010 and 2015

Key facts

Mortality

29%decrease in global malaria mortality rates between 2010 and 2015

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Other recent publications

Closing the prevention gap

This new publication, Malaria prevention works: let's close the gap, focuses on core vector control measures and preventive treatment strategies for the most vulnerable groups in Africa: pregnant women, infants and children under age five.


World Malaria Report

WMR 2016

The World Malaria Report, released each year in December, is WHO’s flagship malaria publication. It contains the latest available data on malaria policies, interventions and trends in all endemic countries.

Global Technical Strategy

GTS/ SDGs - timeline

The Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 calls for a reduction in global malaria incidence and mortality rates of at least 90% by 2030. It shares the same timeline as the Sustainable Development Goals.

Policy Advisory Committee

MPAC meeting - March 2017
Mark Henley/ WHO 2017

The Malaria Policy Advisory Committee provides independent strategic advice to WHO on all policy areas relating to malaria control and elimination.

A word from the experts

Hear from some of the world-renowned researchers that guide WHO's malaria policies.

"There is quite a lot to be excited about."

"There is still much work to be done."


More on malaria

Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. P. falciparum is the most prevalent malaria parasite in Africa and responsible for most malaria deaths globally. P. vivax is the dominant parasite outside of sub-Saharan Africa.

World Malaria Day 2017

World Malaria Day 2017 (Kenya)
Sven Torfinn/ WHO 2016

World Malaria Day is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control.

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The WHO Global Malaria Programme is responsible for coordinating WHO's global efforts to control and eliminate malaria. You can contact us at: infogmp@who.int

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