Extending health coverage in hard-to-reach areas

13 July 2017 – Three illnesses – malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea – account for over 42% of deaths of children under the age of 5 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In rural Tanganyika Province, a community-based diagnosis and treatment programme supported by WHO brings life-saving health coverage to vulnerable populations. Generously funded by the Government of Canada, the Rapid Access Expansion Programme (RAcE) helps the Ministry of Public Health to train and support community health workers in hard-to-reach areas.

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Letter to partners (illustration)

A word from the Director

13 June 2017 – In his latest Letter to Partners, Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme, shares malaria-focused updates from the Seventieth World Health Assembly and the 141st session of the WHO Executive Board. Other topics include World Malaria Day, the RTS,S country selection announcement, the Rapid Access Expansion programme, new guidance on elimination, the “E-2020 initiative and the latest meeting of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee.

Malaria eradication

Malaria eradication on the agenda at the 141st WHO Executive Board meeting

2 June 2017 – Last August, at the request of the Director-General, WHO established an advisory group to analyse future scenarios for malaria, including eradication. The Strategic advisory group for malaria eradication (SAG) has developed a first report clarifying current terminology and affirming the Organization’s long-standing commitment to eradication without specifying an end date. Meeting on 1 June in Geneva, members of the WHO Executive Board expressed strong appreciation for the report and for the creation of the advisory group.

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh and Dr Margaret Chan marking malaria-free Maldives and Sri Lanka

South-East Asia accelerating efforts to eliminate malaria across the region

2 June 2017 – Health ministers from the South-East Asia Region and development partners gathered last week in Geneva to celebrate the achievement of malaria elimination in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. The event, co-hosted by the two countries alongside the 70th World Health Assembly, provided a platform to share best practices, strategies and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating progress across the Region.

WHO/ Marie de Lutz
A man dressed in protective clothing with insecticide spraying equipment.

New vector control response a game-changer

1 June 2017 – Today more than 80% of the world’s population is at risk of vector-borne disease, with half at risk of two or more diseases. Mosquitoes, flies and bugs such as ticks can transmit diseases such as malaria, lymphatic filariasis, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, Lyme disease and encephalitis. Over the past year, WHO has spearheaded a reprioritization of vector control, resulting in the Global Vector Control Response (GVCR) 2017–2030.

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Photo from Kenya

World Malaria Day: country success stories

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.

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fact buffet


212 millionmalaria cases worldwide in 2015

Progress report


21%global decrease in malaria incidence between 2010 and 2015

Key facts


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.

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

Registration open for the next meeting

The next MPAC meeting will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 17–19 October 2017. The first 2 days of the meeting are open to technical partners but advance registration is required.

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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