12 May 2017 – At a two-day meeting this week in Madrid co-hosted by Unitaid, WHO and ISGlobal, international health experts addressed the challenges posed by vector-borne diseases and explored new ways to respond to them. “With resistance to insecticides on the rise, innovation is going to be vital to develop new diagnostics, treatments and prevention tools, including vector control tools,” said Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme.
5 May 2017 – This year on World Malaria Day, WHO placed a special focus on prevention as a critical strategy for saving lives and reducing the burden of disease. The Global Malaria Programme published stories from 3 countries that have made major strides in expanding access to core malaria prevention tools: Kenya, Cameroon and Papua New Guinea.
25 April 2017 – This new publication from WHO offers a brief summary of recommended tools in the malaria prevention arsenal. The report 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. See also our two Q&A interviews with prevention experts from the Global Malaria Programme.
24 April 2017 – At a high-level forum on the eve of World Malaria Day, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, Director of the WHO African Region, called for the rapid scale-up of proven malaria prevention tools. Despite expanded coverage of WHO-recommended prevention measures, millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa still lack access to core tools such as insecticide-treated nets, indoor spraying with insecticides and preventive therapies.
24 April 2017 – The WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) announced today the names of the three countries participating in the WHO-led pilot programme for the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine. The vaccine was developed to protect young children from infection by Plasmodium falciparum, the most deadly malaria parasite globally.
21 April 2017 – The Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC), which brings together some of the world’s foremost experts on the disease, provides essential guidance to WHO for the development of global policy recommendations on malaria. Together with the report of the latest MPAC meeting, an interview with Dr Kevin Marsh, Chair of the Committee since its inception in 2012, offers an inside look into MPAC's inner workings.
Areas of work
- Diagnostic testing
- Drug resistance and response
- Entomology and vector control
- Malaria elimination
- High-risk groups
- Malaria vaccine development
- Preventive therapies
Fact sheets and Q&As
- WHO fact sheet on malaria
- Q&A on the malaria vaccine implementation programme (MVIP)
- Q&A on the Phase 3 trial results for malaria vaccine RTS,S/AS01
- Q&A on artemisinin resistance
A framework for malaria elimination
- Malaria vector control policy recommendations and their applicability to product evaluation
- Framework for a national plan for monitoring and management of insecticide resistance in malaria vectors
- Global Fund – funding proposal development – WHO policy brief 2016
- Test procedures for insecticide resistance monitoring in malaria vector mosquitoes (Second edition)
- Testing for G6PD deficiency for safe use of primaquine in radical cure of P. vivax and P. ovale
Other recent publications
- Status report on artemisinin and ACT resistance (April 2017)
- Malaria Policy Advisory Committee meeting report (March 2017)
- Implications of insecticide resistance for malaria vector control
- WHO malaria terminology
World Malaria Day 2017
World Malaria Report
Global Technical Strategy
Policy Advisory Committee
A word from the experts
Request for proposals: evaluation of malaria vaccine RTS,S/AS01 pilot implementation
Call for applications for membership on the Technical Expert Group on Malaria Vector Control (VCTEG)
Getting to zero: WHO holds global forum to accelerate malaria elimination progress
WHO releases new guidance on elimination
Global health experts define malaria work packages
WHO Executive Board requests resolution on a comprehensive approach to global vector control
Call for nominations of experts to serve on a WHO Vector Control Advisory Group (VCAG) on new tools
More on malaria
This end-of-year video spotlights key developments in the global response to malaria in 2016.