20 May 2015 – The World Health Assembly has adopted a new global technical strategy for malaria, setting ambitious goals and targets for the next 15 years. Forty-one countries took the floor during the discussion – including Malawi speaking on behalf of the 47 countries of the African Region, and Indonesia speaking on behalf of the 11 countries of the South-East Asia Region. By adopting this strategy, Member States have set the target of reducing global malaria incidence and mortality rates by 90% by 2030.
22 April 2015 – On the occasion of World Malaria Day 2015 (25 April), WHO is releasing the third edition of the Guidelines for the treatment of malaria. The updated guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations on the diagnosis and treatment of uncomplicated and severe malaria, and on the use of medicines to prevent malaria in high-risk groups.
GMP honours achievements of community health workers
10 April 2015 – On the occasion of World Health Worker Week (5–11 April), the Global Malaria Programme notes the achievements of more than 7000 community health workers who have been supported by NGOs, WHO and ministries of health in the framework of the Rapid Access Expansion programme since 2012. Thanks to the efforts of these health workers, more than 648 000 cases of malaria, 403 200 cases of pneumonia and 255 450 cases of diarrhoea have been treated in the 5 countries where RAcE is being implemented. The integrated community case management services funded through a grant from the Government of Canada have reached over 650 000 children aged 2 to 59 months since the project began.