7 December 2018 – Uzbekistan, a Central Asian nation of 32 million people, has received the official certification of malaria elimination from WHO. The certification is granted when a country has proven, beyond reasonable doubt, that the chain of indigenous transmission has been interrupted nationwide for at least the previous 3 consecutive years. Globally, a total of 36 countries and territories have been certified malaria free by WHO.
30 November 2018 – Countries of the Greater Mekong have made significant gains in reducing the toll of malaria. According to a WHO bulletin, released today, malaria cases and deaths fell by 75% and 93%, respectively, between 2012 and 2017. However, several provinces reported a spike in malaria cases last year – a trend that continued through the first half of 2018. Mekong countries are intensifying efforts in the remaining malaria-affected areas, with a goal to eliminate the disease from the subregion by 2030.
28 November 2018 – A spike in malaria cases is threatening the health of people in parts of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where health workers are also battling an Ebola outbreak. In response, a four-day mass drug administration (MDA) campaign was launched today in the Northern Kivu province town of Beni, with a target to reach up to 450 000 people with anti-malarial drugs combined with the distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets.
23 November 2018 – At a high-level event this week in Mozambique, Hon. Nazira Karimo Vali Abdula, the country’s Minister of Health, restated her government’s commitment to fighting malaria and improving health outcomes for its citizens. The event drew wide representation from malaria-affected countries, donor agencies and global health organizations.
19 November 2018 – The latest World malaria report reveals a plateauing in numbers of people affected by malaria for the second consecutive year. In 2017, there were an estimated 219 million cases of the disease compared to 217 million the year before. This year’s report has been launched in conjunction with a new approach to jumpstart progress against malaria, focusing on the 11 countries (10 on the African continent, plus India) that account for approximately 70% of the global malaria burden.
A nation mobilized against a killer disease
19 November 2018 – Malaria is the leading cause of death in Mozambique, a large country on Africa’s south-eastern coast that is home to nearly 30 million people. According to the World malaria report 2018, the country has the third highest number of malaria cases anywhere in the world, or 5% of all cases globally. These stories provide a closer look at approaches the country has undertaken in the fight against this deadly disease.
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
- Rapid Access Expansion Programme (RAcE)
“High burden to high impact”
"High burden to high impact” brochure
World malaria report
Maps and data
Malaria eliminating countries
Malaria Threats Map
Surveillance, monitoring & evaluation
- Recommended selection criteria for procurement of malaria rapid diagnostic tests
- Achieving and maintaining universal coverage with long-lasting insecticidal nets for malaria control
- Data requirements and methods to support the evaluation of new vector control products
Update on the E-2020 intiative
Other recent publications
- Malaria rapid diagnostic test performance. Results of WHO product testing of malaria RDTs: round 8 (2016-2018)
- Data requirements and protocol for determining non-inferiority of insecticide-treated net and indoor residual spraying products within an established WHO policy class
- Malaria Policy Advisory Committee meeting report (October 2018)
News and media
PAHO/WHO honours 2018 Malaria Champions of the Americas
Information note: WHO welcomes the New Nets Project
From high burden to high impact: getting back on track to end malaria