Algeria and Argentina certified malaria-free by WHO

Algeria and Argentina certified malaria-free by WHO

22 May 2019 – Algeria and Argentina have been officially recognized by WHO as malaria-free. The certification is granted when a country proves that it has interrupted indigenous transmission of the disease for at least 3 consecutive years.


A milestone for global health, 3 decades in development

8 May 2019 – Joe Cohen is co-inventor of RTS,S, the world’s first malaria vaccine to be introduced in a pilot programme. He shares his thoughts on the recent roll-out of the vaccine in Africa, and what this moment means for global health.


Explaining WHO’s policy-making process

3 May 2019 - The Global Malaria Programme has created a new section on our website dedicated to explaining our policy-setting process. These web pages are a work in progress; feedback from all malaria stakeholders – especially from end-users of our malaria guidance – is actively sought. Please send any comments to: See, also, our latest meeting report of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC).


Compendium of WHO malaria guidance

1 May 2019 - The Compendium of WHO malaria guidance provides, for the first time, a complete list of all formal WHO policy recommendations on malaria in a single resource. The document also serves as a catalogue of all WHO publications on malaria prevention, diagnosis, treatment, surveillance and elimination.


Malaria vaccine pilot launched in Ghana

30 April 2019 – Today Ghana became the second country in Africa to introduce the RTS,S malaria vaccine to young children in selected areas. Combined with existing malaria prevention tools, the vaccine has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives.

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Malaria vaccine pilot launched in Malawi

23 April 2019 – Malawi was the first of 3 African countries to roll out the RTS,S malaria vaccine today in selected areas of moderate-to-high transmission. Rigorous clinical testing in 7 African countries has shown its potential to boost malaria prevention and save lives. Vaccine introductions in Ghana and Kenya will follow in the coming weeks.


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219 millionmalaria cases worldwide in 2017

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435 000malaria deaths worldwide in 2017

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3.1 billionResources available for malaria in 2017 (in US$)

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“High burden to high impact”

Approximately 70% of the world’s malaria burden is concentrated in 11 countries: 10 on the African continent, plus India.

"High burden to high impact” brochure

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The new “High burden to high impact” response aims to jumpstart progress against malaria in countries hardest hit by the disease.

World malaria report

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The World malaria report, published annually, provides a comprehensive update on global and regional malaria data and trends. Our 2018 report draws on data from 87 countries and areas with ongoing malaria transmission.

Mobile application

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The latest information on malaria policies, financing, interventions and burden in malaria endemic countries is also available through a mobile app.

Maps and data

Malaria eliminating countries

This interactive map provides the latest information on progress and challenges in 21 countries on their path towards elimination.

Malaria Threats Map

This interactive map presents data on the status of malaria vector resistance, P. falciparum gene deletions, and antimalarial efficacy and resistance.

Data resources

Check out the data and statistics page for resources and evidence-based data on malaria control.

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WHO malaria guidance

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The Compendium of WHO malaria guidance provides a complete list of all formal WHO policy recommendations on malaria in a single resource.

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The media centre bring together fact sheets, Q&As, news releases, feature stories and videos on malaria.

Advisory bodies

Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC)

The MPAC provides independent strategic advice to WHO on all policy areas relating to malaria control and elimination.

Vector Control Advisory Group (VCAG)

The VCAG serves as an advisory body on new tools, technologies and approaches for the control of vector-borne diseases.

Other advisory bodies

The Global Malaria Programme holds regular expert meetings to provide evidence-based options for recommendations.

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Global Technical Strategy

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The Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 calls for a reduction in global malaria incidence and mortality rates of at least 90% by 2030. It shares the same timeline as the Sustainable Development Goals.

More on malaria

Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. P. falciparum is the most prevalent malaria parasite in Africa and responsible for most malaria deaths globally. P. vivax is the dominant parasite outside of sub-Saharan Africa.

World Malaria Day

World Malaria Day marked each year on 25 April, is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control.

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