Girls fixing nets to their beds in Odisha, India

India drives down malaria in its highest burden state

14 March 2018 – Since 2000, India has made major inroads in reducing the toll of malaria. But the path towards elimination has proven a challenge in the eastern state of Odisha, which carries more than 40% of the country’s malaria burden. In recent years, the state government has dramatically scaled up efforts to prevent, detect and treat malaria – with impressive results seen in a short span of time.

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A community health worker, diagnoses a sick child and provides treatment medicines

Remote Nigeria communities welcome child health programme

1 February 2018 – Miriam (pictured right), a trained community health worker, is saving children’s lives in the remote Nigerian village of Etsu Gudu. Integrated community case management (iCCM) is a cost-effective strategy that engages community health workers living in hard-to-reach areas to diagnose and treat 3 deadly but curable illnesses: malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea. In the 3 years since Miriam was selected and trained, no children have died in her village.

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World malaria report app illustration

Launch of new World malaria report app

26 January 2018 – For the first time, WHO has made all data from the World malaria report available through a mobile application. With the swipe of a finger, you can now instantly access the latest information on malaria policies, financing, interventions and burden in 91 endemic countries. The World malaria report mobile app is available for download for both iOS and Android devices.

Letter to partners (illustration)

Letter to partners

19 December 2017 – In his latest bi-annual letter to partners, Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme, shares information and updates on the World Malaria Report 2017, on WHO’s work in emergency settings, and on elimination efforts in the Greater Mekong. Other topics include a new WHO Malaria Threats Map and the Ashgabat Statement – a pledge by countries of Central Asia and the Caucuses to keep the European region malaria-free.

Two girls in a rubber plantation where malaria is endemic in Mon State, Myanmar

Greater Mekong countries make inroads in the race towards elimination

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.

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216 millionmalaria cases worldwide in 2016

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445 000malaria deaths worldwide in 2016

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2.7 billionResources available for malaria in 2016 (in US$)

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Fighting malaria in the GMS

Children in Myanmar
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Countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) continue to make inroads in the race towards elimination. According to the latest WHO bulletin, malaria cases and deaths fell by 74% and 91%, respectively, between 2012 and 2016.

World Malaria Report

WMR 2017 - illustration

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.

Registration for the next MPAC meeting

The meeting will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on 11–13 April 2018. The meeting is 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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