WHO observes emergency MDA campaign for malaria in Sierra Leone
22 January 2015 – Experts from the WHO Global Malaria Programme were in Sierra Leone this week, working on a preliminary assessment of two recent mass drug administration campaigns for malaria which aimed to reduce the number of fever cases that might be mistaken for Ebola. The two successive emergency MDA campaigns reached more than 2.5 million people in Ebola-affected areas. The campaign was implemented by the National Malaria Control Programme, in collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières, UNICEF and other partners, with technical support and guidance by WHO.
13 January 2015 – The WHO Global Malaria Programme and the Global Health Group at the University of California are collaborating on a series of case studies on malaria elimination. The latest report reviews how the Island of Reunion had eliminated the disease by the end of the 1970s and how it has successfully prevented its re-establishment since. Previous reports in the series have documented the malaria elimination process in Cabo Verde, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Turkmenistan. The production of the series is being supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Reunion case study is available in both English and French.
9 December 2014 – Global malaria mortality rates have been reduced by 47% between 2000 and 2013, according the latest World Malaria Report launched today. New analysis reveals that parasite prevalence rates have also significantly declined, which means that fewer people are carriers of symptomatic or asymptomatic infections. The World Malaria Report is WHO’s flagship malaria publication, released each year in December. It assesses global and regional malaria trends, highlights progress towards global targets, and describes opportunities and challenges in controlling and eliminating the disease. Most of the data presented in this report is for 2013.