A woman entering data into a database to track malaria cases and treatment at a health clinic in Africa.
Alfredo L. Fort/ Photoshare

Only about one tenth of the 198 million malaria cases that occurred in 2013 were detected and reported through national malaria surveillance systems. WHO urges malaria-endemic countries to strengthen their disease surveillance, health information and vital registration systems. The data generated through such systems are essential for evaluating and improving the effectiveness of health interventions. In April 2012, WHO released two operational manuals on malaria surveillance to provide updated guidance on global reporting standards, and to guide countries in their efforts to strengthen malaria surveillance systems.

Overview of malaria surveillance

Strong malaria surveillance systems are fundamental to making evidence-informed policy decisions and implementing the most effective mix of malaria interventions.

Operational manuals for malaria surveillance

Disease surveillance for malaria control and Disease surveillance for malaria elimination are available to help endemic countries strengthen their surveillance systems and to align their reporting with global standards.

Key documents

World Malaria Report 2014

This report summarizes information received from 97 malaria-endemic countries and other sources.

Contact us

Global Malaria Programme
World Health Organization
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1211 Geneva 27
Tel: +41 22 791 2533
Fax: +41 22 791 4824