7 December 2017 – In recent years, countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) have accelerated their efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria. According to the latest bulletin from WHO, the reported number of malaria cases and deaths in the GMS fell by 74% and 91%, respectively, between 2012 and 2016. Mid-year estimates for 2017 point to a further decline in cases.
29 November 2017 – After an unprecedented period of success in global malaria control, progress has stalled, according to the latest World malaria report. In 2016, there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria in 91 countries, an increase of about 5 million cases over 2015. Deaths reached 445 000, a similar number to the previous year. “Without urgent action, we risk going backwards and missing the global malaria targets for 2020 and beyond,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.
7 November 2017 – A new interactive map showing malaria vector resistance, P. falciparum gene deletions, and antimalarial efficacy and resistance has been released. Such information is critical to inform appropriate malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment strategies and to guide the development of new tools. WHO is seeking user feedback on this early release version available in English, French and Spanish.
3 November 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. Read the report of the latest MPAC meeting as well as a special series of interviews with the 5 women currently serving as members on the Committee.
31 October 2017 – In Nigeria’s Borno State, malaria is currently the leading cause of death and claims more lives than all other diseases combined. Children under the age of 5 are particularly vulnerable. WHO recently launched a special campaign in this state aimed at rapidly reducing the malaria burden among young children and, at the same time, protecting them against polio.
Areas of work
- Diagnostic testing
- Drug resistance and response
- Entomology and vector control
- Malaria elimination
- High-risk groups
- Preventive therapies
- Rapid Access Expansion Programme (RAcE)
Questions & answers
- Malaria vaccine implementation programme (MVIP)
- Artemisinin resistance
- Antimalarial drug resistance in the Greater Mekong Subregion: How concerned should we be?
- Unlocking the potential of preventive therapies for malaria
- The critical role of vector control in the fight against malaria
Universal coverage with long-lasting insecticidal nets
- Data requirements and methods to support the evaluation of new vector control products
- Recommended selection criteria for procurement of malaria rapid diagnostic tests
- Mass drug administration for falciparum malaria: a practical field manual
- Rectal artesunate for pre-referral treatment of severe malaria
- False-negative RDT results and implications of new reports of P. falciparum HRP 2/3 gene deletions
Other recent publications
- Framework for a national vector control needs assessment
- Malaria Policy Advisory Committee meeting report (October 2017)
- Global vector control response 2017–2030
- Malaria rapid diagnostic test performance. Results of WHO product testing of malaria RDTs: round 7 (2015-2016)
Closing the prevention gap
World Malaria Report
Global Technical Strategy
Policy Advisory Committee
A word from the experts
Hear from some of the world-renowned researchers that guide WHO's malaria policies.
Changes to WHO recommended procurement criteria for malaria rapid diagnostic tests
WHO and Global Fund sign cooperation agreement
Changes to the WHO-FIND Malaria RDT Lot Testing Programme
Malaria campaign saving young lives in Nigeria
Leaders at UN General Assembly step up commitments in the fight against malaria
Europe commits to staying malaria-free
WHO and partners take on malaria: the top killer in north-eastern Nigeria