Malaria

Surveillance

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

At present, only one tenth of the 219 million malaria cases that are estimated to occur each year are 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

Contact us

Global Malaria Programme
World Health Organization
20 Avenue Appia
1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 791 2533
Fax: +41 22 791 4824
E-mail: infogmp@who.int