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Statement by WHO Director-General on World Malaria Day 2018

Transcript of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus' video message

18 April 2018

The theme of World Malaria Day this year is “Ready to Beat Malaria”.

World Malaria Day is important for at least 3 reasons.

First, it’s an opportunity to celebrate our successes. Since 2000, millions of malaria deaths have been averted – especially among children. More and more countries have eliminated the disease.

Second, World Malaria Day reminds us of the challenges that remain.

The latest data from WHO show that the global malaria response is at a crossroads: the declining trend in the number of malaria cases and deaths has stalled, and vital funding for malaria programmes has flatlined.

If we continue along this path, we will lose the gains for which we have fought so hard.

Third, World Malaria Day unites all partners around a common goal: accelerating the pace of progress.

We call on countries and the global health community to close the critical gaps in the malaria response.

Together, we must ensure that no one is left behind in accessing life-saving services to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria.

Please join us to get the malaria response back on track.

I am ready to beat malaria – are you?

I thank you.