WHO statements for World Malaria Day 2018

25 April 2018

World Malaria Day, marked every year on 25 April, is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control. This year, WHO is calling for urgent action to get the global fight against malaria back on track. This page provides a summary of activities and statements issued by WHO headquarters and regional offices.


WHO at 70: seven decades, seven voices in the global malaria fight

WHO is joining partner organizations in promoting this year’s World Malaria Day theme, “Ready to Beat Malaria”. In support of this theme, and to mark the 70th anniversary of WHO, the Global Malaria Programme interviewed 7 advocates in the global health community.

Regional offices

Regional Office for Africa

The WHO Regional Office for Africa published a message from the Regional Director urging countries to allocate adequate resources to the fight against malaria and to strengthen collaboration with development partners as well as among malaria-endemic countries.

Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

A news release issued by the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean noted that “without urgent action, the major gains in the fight against malaria are under threat.” The news release also calls for greater investments from affected countries and regional donors, as well as for expanded coverage of proven tools to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria.

Regional Office for Europe

The WHO Regional Office for Europe marked the day on social media underscoring the Region’s efforts to maintain its malaria-free status since 2015 and calling for sustained political commitment and continued investment to prevent re-establishment of malaria.

Regional Office for South-East Asia

The WHO Regional for South-East Asia released a message from the Regional Director reminding all partners in the Region that sustained, high-level commitment is crucial to reach the Region’s 2030 elimination target.

Regional Office for the Western Pacific

The Regional Office for the Western Pacific shared a press release from the WHO Country Office in Viet Nam highlighting the country's achievements in the fight against malaria in the past decade and the need for strong commitment to mobilize resources and identify new tools for elimination.

Subregional offices

Greater Mekong Subregion

The Mekong Malaria Elimination (MME) programme published a set of key messages informing on multidrug resistance, access to hard-to-reach populations, and substandard and falsified medicines. The importance of regional collaboration to accelerate progress towards the goal of malaria elimination by 2030 is highlighted.