13 September 2019 – WHO congratulates the Government of Kenya for launching the world’s first malaria vaccine today in Homa Bay County, western Kenya. The malaria vaccine pilot programme is now fully underway in Africa, as Kenya joins Ghana and Malawi to introduce the landmark vaccine as a tool against a disease that continues to affect millions of children in Africa.
4 Sept. 2019 – Anopheles stephensi, a highly competent vector of Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax, is considered an efficient vector of urban malaria. Until 2011, the reported distribution of An. stephensi was confined to certain countries in South-East Asia and large parts of the Arabian Peninsula. Since then, the vector has been reported from Djibouti (2012), Ethiopia (2016), Sri Lanka (2017) and most recently from the Republic of the Sudan (2019). In the Horn of Africa, the vector seems to be spreading from its first site of detection (Djibouti) to neighbouring countries.
28 August 2019 – Led by the Director-General, the forum taking place on 9 Sept. 2019, will highlight the opportunities and challenges in achieving a world free of malaria. The WHO Strategic Advisory Group on Malaria Eradication (SAGme) will discuss its findings, including the need for investment in new tools for malaria prevention and treatment; progress to advance universal health coverage and better surveillance to guide a more targeted malaria response. There will also be a presentation on the Lancet Commission for Malaria Eradication, to be published the same day.
23 August 2019 – To make malaria eradication a viable global goal, the world must invest in new tools and approaches to fight malaria. In its executive summary, the WHO Strategic Advisory Group on Malaria Eradication (SAGme) also calls for stronger political commitment and investment in universal health coverage and a reliable, rapid, and accurate surveillance and response system to malaria.
18 June 2019 – In 2016, WHO identified 21 countries, spanning 5 regions, that could defeat malaria by 2020, considering the likelihood of elimination across key criteria. All are united by one target: to achieve zero indigenous cases of malaria within the 2020 timeline. This report charts their progress.
18 June 2019 – China is celebrating a major public health achievement. The world’s most populous nation has recorded zero indigenous cases of malaria since August 2016 and will soon be eligible to apply for official WHO malaria-free certification.
Areas of work
- Diagnostic testing
- Drug resistance and response
- Entomology and vector control
- High-risk groups
- Preventive therapies
- E-2020 initiative on malaria elimination
- Malaria vaccine implementation programme (MVIP)
- Mekong Malaria Elimination (MME) programme
“High burden to high impact”
"High burden to high impact” brochure
World malaria report
Vaccine pilot programme
This section presents an initial mapping of WHO's policy-making process for malaria, as well as high-level descriptions of each step.
WHO malaria guidance
Other recent publications
- Tenth meeting of the WHO Vector Control Advisory Group
- False-negative RDT results and implications of new reports of P. falciparum histidine-rich protein 2/3 gene deletions
- Guidance on control materials for antigen detecting malaria RDTs: tools for preparation and validation