World Malaria Day 2014: Invest in the future. Defeat malaria.

Girl smiling in the Central African Republic
Pierre Holtz/ UNICEF

16 April 2014 – On the occasion of World Malaria Day, celebrated every year on 25 April, WHO is focusing on helping malaria-endemic countries assess the feasibility of gradually moving towards elimination. Since 2000, there has been a 42% reduction in global malaria mortality rates and many countries have declared malaria elimination as a national goal. World Malaria Day is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment to control and eliminate this deadly disease. The theme for the 2013–2015 campaign is "Invest in the future. Defeat malaria."

World Health Day 2014 – Small bite: Big threat

Three-year-old child sleeping under a net in Kenya.
© 2009 David Snyder, Courtesy of Photoshare

18 March 2014 – More than half the world’s population is at risk of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis and yellow fever, and about a million people lose their lives every year. WHO's 2014 World Health Day campaign seeks to raise awareness about the threat posed by mosquitoes, flies, ticks and freshwater snails, and urges families and communities to take action to protect themselves. Resources, including a global brief, infographics, posters and factsheets, are available on the global campaign website.

New publication: Global Fund concept note development

Mother and child in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya.
Sarah Hoibak/ UNHCR

28 March 2014 – Malaria endemic countries are in the process of developing concept notes under the new funding model of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. To provide guidance to National Malaria Control Programmes, WHO has issued a policy brief summarizing all recommended policies and strategies that countries should take into account.


Latest news

16 April 2014 – Malaria Policy Advisory Committee: survey on stakeholder perceptions

A stakeholder survey has been launched to gather input from Member States and the global malaria community on perceptions about the MPAC. The survey will be open until 9 May.

8 April 2014 – Updated factsheet on artemisinin resistance

Parasite resistance to artemisinin has been detected in five countries in South-East Asia. Our updated factsheet explains what this means for global efforts to control and eliminate malaria, and why it deserves global attention.

14 March 2014 – Fifth Malaria Policy Advisory Committee meeting concludes

All documentation related to this meeting, including the MPAC’s recommendations, can be consulted on the MPAC homepage. The report of the meeting will be published in the Malaria Journal within two months.

13 February 2014 – Updated policy brief on IPTp implementation

The policy brief offering guidance on the implementation of intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy has been updated to reflect the latest recommendations of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee.

4 February 2014 – New update on artemisinin resistance

A new update is available on the status of artemisinin resistance in affected countries. The update also summarizes WHO’s current policy and treatment recommendations, and highlights areas of concern.

World Malaria Report 2013

The report contains the latest available data on malaria policies, interventions and trends in all endemic countries.

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