WHO statements for World Malaria Day 2017

25 April 2017

World Malaria Day, marked every year on 25 April, is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control. This year, WHO is shining a spotlight on prevention, a critical strategy for reducing the toll of a disease that continues to kill more than 400 000 people annually. Below is a summary of activities and statements issued by WHO headquarters and regional offices.


Prevent malaria - save lives: WHO push for prevention on World Malaria Day

At a high-level event held in Nairobi, Kenya on 24 April, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, Director of the WHO African Region, called for the rapid scale-up of proven malaria prevention tools.

New Report: Malaria prevention works: let's close the gap

WHO released a new report that offers a brief summary of WHO-recommended tools in the malaria prevention arsenal, including both core vector control measures as well as preventive treatment strategies.

Regional offices

Regional Office for Africa

The WHO Regional Office for Africa issued a news release to announce the names of the three countries participating in the WHO-led pilot programme for the RTS,S malaria vaccine.

Regional Office for the Americas

WHO/PAHO launched the 2017 edition of the Malaria Champions of the Americas contest. Winners will be announced on Malaria Day in the Americas.

Regional office for Europe

The WHO Regional Office for Europe issued a news item to recall the Region's successful elimination of malaria in 2016 and to emphasize the importance of enhanced vigilance in at-risk countries to prevent reintroduction of the disease.

Regional Office for South-East Asia

The WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia released a statement on the Region's progress towards malaria elimination and prevention as a critical means of closing the gap and ending malaria for good.

Regional Office for the Western Pacific

The Regional Office for the Western Pacific issued a media release recalling the commitment of leaders across Asia and the Pacific to eliminate malaria from this Region by 2030.