Malaria

Young girl showing a tear in her mosquito net (Cambodia)

Targeting mosquitoes to tackle malaria

18 June 2018 – Malaria death rates have fallen by more than 60% worldwide since the year 2000. Progress has been made possible, in large part, through the wide-scale deployment of effective vector control tools that target malaria-carrying mosquitoes – primarily long-lasting insecticidal nets and also indoor residual spraying. Despite these gains, several threats have the potential to weaken mosquito control efforts in many parts of the world.

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Little girl with red shirt in Paraguay

WHO certifies Paraguay as malaria-free

11 June 2018 – WHO today certified Paraguay as having eliminated malaria, the first country in the Americas to be granted this status since 1973. “It gives me great pleasure today to certify that Paraguay is officially free of malaria,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General. “Success stories like Paraguay’s show what is possible. If malaria can be eliminated in one country, it can be eliminated in all countries.”

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E-2020 visual illustration

Eliminating malaria: 21 countries, a common goal

11 June 2018 – This report provides a snapshot of progress and challenges among 21 countries, spanning 5 regions, on an ambitious but technically feasible time frame to eliminate malaria by 2020. The report is accompanied by an interactive map providing the latest information on progress and challenges in these 21 countries on their path towards elimination.

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Side event on malaria elimination at the 71st WHA

Malaria elimination and universal health coverage go hand in hand

23 May 2018 – Realizing the vision of a world free of malaria will only be possible alongside the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC). That was the main message conveyed by ministers and other senior health officials at a side event held alongside the 71st World Health Assembly – the annual meeting of WHO’s decision-making body.

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WHO supports countries malaria fight (animated GIF)

World Malaria Day 2018

25 April 2018 – This year’s World Malaria Day coincides with the 70th anniversary of WHO. The Global Malaria Programme is is marking the Day with a series of interviews with leaders and advocates in the global malaria response.

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Cases

216 millionmalaria cases worldwide in 2016

Progress report

Deaths

445 000malaria deaths worldwide in 2016

Key points

Funding

2.7 billionResources available for malaria in 2016 (in US$)

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7 decades, 7 voices

Accelerating progress in Africa will be critical to achieving our ultimate goal: a world free of malaria (animated illustration)

The Global Malaria Programme marked the 70th anniversary of WHO with a series of interviews with leaders and advocates in the global malaria response, as they reflect on key moments in fighting this disease over the past 7 decades.

World Malaria Day

World Malaria Day is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control.


World malaria report

WMR 2017 - illustration

The World Malaria Report, published each year, is WHO’s flagship malaria publication. It contains the latest available data on malaria policies, interventions and trends in all endemic countries.

Mobile application

The content of the report is also available through a mobile app.

Malaria Threats Map

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


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.

Malaria vaccine

Beginning this fall, the RTS,S vaccine will be made available to young children living in selected areas of Ghana, Kenya and Malawi through routine immunization programmes. At least 360 000 children will be vaccinated across the 3 countries annually.


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.

Policy Advisory Committee

MPAC meeting - March 2017
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The Malaria Policy Advisory Committee provides independent strategic advice to WHO on all policy areas relating to malaria control and elimination.

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

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