WHO certified Sri Lanka as malaria-free
5 September 2016 – In a remarkable public health achievement, Sri Lanka was certified today by WHO on having eliminated malaria. “This is testament to the courage and vision of its leaders and signifies the great leaps that can be made when targeted action is taken,” said WHO Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh. “It also demonstrates the importance of grass-roots community engagement and a whole-of-society approach when it comes to making dramatic public health gains,” she added.
30 August 2016 – Increased access to malaria prevention, diagnostics and treatment is having a direct impact on trends in the disease across the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). According to the latest WHO data, the six GMS countries cut their malaria incidence by more than 54% between 2012 and 2015. Malaria mortality is also rapidly declining, with an 84% drop in deaths reported since 2012.
23 August 2016 – WHO Member States in the African Region have unanimously adopted a new malaria framework that is aligned with the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030. Endorsed at the 66th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa, the framework will guide African countries as they implement the Global Technical Strategy across the region.
5 August 2016 – At least four out of every five people worldwide are at risk of contracting viruses or parasites transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and other vectors. Collectively, vector-borne diseases place a massive burden on health systems and cause considerable economic and social disruption. Malaria alone claims more than 400 000 lives each year. On 3−4 August, more than 20 leading vector control experts convened at WHO headquarters in Geneva to lay the foundation for a new Global Vector Control Response.
Progress and gaps in the fight against malaria
Over the last 15 years, there has been a remarkable decline in the global malaria burden. But our journey is incomplete: in 2015 alone, malaria claimed the lives of more than 400 000 people, mainly young African children, and there were 214 million new cases of the disease. This video from the WHO Global Malaria Programme highlights achievements in malaria control and a global strategy to address remaining gaps. It is available in English and French.
WHO is currently seeking scientific, operational and policy experts in various fields linked to medical entomology and vector control to support the work of the Vector Control Advisory Group (VCAG) on new vector control tools.
Global progress in malaria control is threatened by the rapid development and spread of antimalarial drug resistance. To date, parasite resistance to artemisinin – the core compound of the best available antimalarial medicines – has been detected in 5 countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion.
The next meeting of the Malaria Policy Advocacy Committee (MPAC) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on 14–16 September. All related documentation will be made available on the MPAC meetings page.
In this bi-annual letter to partners, Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme, reflects on some of the most pressing issues in the fight against malaria.
This updated glossary aims to improve communication and mutual understanding within the scientific community as well as with funding agencies and other malaria stakeholders. It will be available in French and Spanish shortly.
The Gavi Vaccine Alliance announced today that it will provide up to US$ 27.5 million for a WHO-coordinated malaria vaccine programme.