World Malaria Day 2016

25 April 2016

World Malaria Day is marked every year on 25 April. This year’s theme, "End malaria for good", reflects the vision of a malaria-free world set out in the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030. Below is a summary of activities and statements issued by WHO headquarters and regional offices.


On World Malaria Day, a push to eliminate malaria

WHO issued a news release highlighting the report's key points and calling for vigorous leadership from governments of affected countries as well as robust financing and political will from all partners involved in the drive towards malaria elimination.

New Report: Eliminating malaria

WHO released a new report Eliminating malaria that identifies 21 countries in a position to achieve at least 1 year of zero indigenous malaria cases by 2020.

WHO/GMP Director at World Malaria Day event in Bern, Switzerland

Dr Pedro Alonso spoke at an event in Bern highlighting Swiss leadership in the fight against malaria. The event, hosted by the Swiss Malaria Group, included a special video message by the WHO Director-General.

Regional offices

Regional Office for Africa

The WHO Regional Director for Africa issued a message calling on all partners to build on the successes of the past and to redouble efforts in the fight against malaria.

Regional Office for the Americas

WHO/PAHO launched the 2016 edition of the Malaria Champions of the Americas contest. Winners will be announced on Malaria Day in the Americas.

Regional Office for Europe

Ahead of World Malaria Day, the Regional Office for Europe issued a press release announcing that the Region was the first to have achieved interruption of indigenous malaria transmission.

Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

The Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean contributed to the global conversation on malaria elimination through Twitter, reminding all that some 279 million people remain at risk of malaria in the Region.

Regional Office for South-East Asia

The WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia issued a statement on progress in the Region and on the emergence of malaria multidrug resistance in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

Regional Office for the Western Pacific

The Regional Director for the Western Pacific released a statement on countries moving towards malaria elimination in the Region and on the response to the threat of multidrug resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

A related news release recalled that more than 700 million people are at risk of malaria in the Region, of which approximately 41 million are at high risk of malaria infection.