1 February 2018 – Miriam (pictured right), a trained community health worker, is saving children’s lives in the remote Nigerian village of Etsu Gudu. Integrated community case management (iCCM) is a cost-effective strategy that engages community health workers living in hard-to-reach areas to diagnose and treat 3 deadly but curable illnesses: malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea. In the 3 years since Miriam was selected and trained, no children have died in her village.
26 January 2018 – For the first time, WHO has made all data from the World malaria report available through a mobile application. With the swipe of a finger, you can now instantly access the latest information on malaria policies, financing, interventions and burden in 91 endemic countries. The World malaria report mobile app is available for download for both iOS and Android devices.
19 December 2017 – In his latest bi-annual letter to partners, Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme, shares information and updates on the World Malaria Report 2017, on WHO’s work in emergency settings, and on elimination efforts in the Greater Mekong. Other topics include a new WHO Malaria Threats Map and the Ashgabat Statement – a pledge by countries of Central Asia and the Caucuses to keep the European region malaria-free.
7 December 2017 – In recent years, countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) have accelerated their efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria. According to the latest bulletin from WHO, the reported number of malaria cases and deaths in the GMS fell by 74% and 91%, respectively, between 2012 and 2016. Mid-year estimates for 2017 point to a further decline in cases.
29 November 2017 – After an unprecedented period of success in global malaria control, progress has stalled, according to the latest World malaria report. In 2016, there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria in 91 countries, an increase of about 5 million cases over 2015. Deaths reached 445 000, a similar number to the previous year. “Without urgent action, we risk going backwards and missing the global malaria targets for 2020 and beyond,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.
Areas of work
- Diagnostic testing
- Drug resistance and response
- Entomology and vector control
- Malaria elimination
- High-risk groups
- Preventive therapies
- Rapid Access Expansion Programme (RAcE)
Questions & answers
- Malaria vaccine implementation programme (MVIP)
- Artemisinin resistance
- Antimalarial drug resistance in the Greater Mekong Subregion: How concerned should we be?
- Unlocking the potential of preventive therapies for malaria
- The critical role of vector control in the fight against malaria
Universal coverage with long-lasting insecticidal nets
- Recommended selection criteria for procurement of malaria rapid diagnostic tests
- Data requirements and methods to support the evaluation of new vector control products
- Mass drug administration for falciparum malaria: a practical field manual
- Rectal artesunate for pre-referral treatment of severe malaria
- False-negative RDT results and implications of new reports of P. falciparum HRP 2/3 gene deletions
Other recent publications
- Framework for a national vector control needs assessment
- Malaria Policy Advisory Committee meeting report (October 2017)
- Global vector control response 2017–2030
- Malaria rapid diagnostic test performance. Results of WHO product testing of malaria RDTs: round 7 (2015-2016)
Fighting malaria in the GMS
World Malaria Report
Global Technical Strategy
Policy Advisory Committee
Registration for the next MPAC meeting
Letter to partners
Changes to WHO recommended procurement criteria for malaria rapid diagnostic tests
WHO and Global Fund sign cooperation agreement
Changes to the WHO-FIND Malaria RDT Lot Testing Programme
New interactive mapping tool launched
Malaria campaign saving young lives in Nigeria
Leaders at UN General Assembly step up commitments in the fight against malaria