Malaria

Women and infants waiting for malaria vaccination in Kenya

Malaria vaccine launched in Kenya

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.

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Vector alert: Anopheles stephensi invasion and spread

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.

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Forum on rising to the challenge of malaria eradication

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.

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Getting on track to a malaria-free future

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.

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Targeting malaria elimination by 2020

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.

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Two girls with a mosquito net in China

China’s road to malaria elimination

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.

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Cases

219 millionmalaria cases worldwide in 2017

Progress report

Deaths

435 000malaria deaths worldwide in 2017

Key points

Funding

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

Illustration WMR 2018 app

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


Vaccine pilot programme

In April, Ghana and Malawi rolled out the world’s first malaria vaccine in selected areas through a WHO-coordinated pilot programme. Kenya will introduce the vaccine in the coming weeks.

Other news

Policy guidance

This pilot section of our website, launched in June 2019, contains all of WHO’s current policy guidance pertaining to malaria.

Policy process

This section presents an initial mapping of WHO's policy-making process for malaria, as well as high-level descriptions of each step.


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.

Advisory bodies

Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC)

Registration is open for the next MPAC meeting which will take place in Geneva on 2–4 October 2019. To register for the meeting, please send an email to mpacgmp@who.int with your full name, title, and institution. The deadline to register is 25 September 2019.

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.

e-Newsletter

For the latest news and developments from the Global Malaria Programme, we encourage you to subscribe to receive both our e-Newsletter and News Updates.

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Global Technical Strategy

GTS/ SDGs - timeline

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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The Global Malaria Programme is responsible for coordinating WHO's global efforts to control and eliminate malaria. You can contact us at: infogmp@who.int