Malaria

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New report: “Eliminating malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion”

25 November 2016 – Since 2012, countries across the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) have reported a sharp decline in malaria cases and deaths. But the spread of antimalarial drug resistance threatens to undermine these gains. A new report from WHO offers a set of tried-and-tested approaches that can help GMS countries end transmission of this deadly disease. The report was released this week at a malaria partners’ forum in Cambodia.

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Mother and child in Uganda.

WHO welcomes global health funding for malaria vaccine

17 November 2016 – The world’s first malaria vaccine will be rolled out in pilot projects in sub-Saharan Africa, WHO confirmed today. Funding is now secured for the initial phase of the programme and vaccinations are due to begin in 2018. The vaccine, known as RTS,S, acts against P. falciparum, the most deadly malaria parasite globally, and the most prevalent in Africa. Advanced clinical trials have shown RTS,S to provide partial protection against malaria in young children.

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Pregnant woman under bednet in Kisumu, Kenya.

WHO investigation: LLINs still provide significant protection against malaria

16 November 2016 – Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) – the mainstay of malaria prevention – continue to be a highly effective tool in the malaria fight, even in areas where mosquitoes have developed resistance to insecticides. This was the key finding of a five-year five-country investigation coordinated by WHO. The results of this study, presented today at the ASTMH conference, reaffirm the WHO recommendation of universal LLIN coverage for all populations at risk of malaria.

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WHO certifies Kyrgyzstan as malaria-free

Kyrgyzstan receives WHO certification of malaria elimination

4 November 2016 – The Republic of Kyrgyzstan today received the official WHO certification of malaria elimination. WHO grants this certification when a country has interrupted the chain of local malaria transmission for at least 3 consecutive years. Globally, a total of 32 countries and territories have received this WHO certification, including 19 countries in the European Region.

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2016 Malaria Champions of the Americas

3 November 2016 – In the lead-up to Malaria Day in the Americas, marked every year on 6 November, WHO/ PAHO honoured initiatives from three malaria-endemic countries for their contribution to reducing the disease burden. This year, the Malaria Champions of the Americas awards were given to the Ministries of Health of Costa Rica, El Salvador and Surinam. This contest was launched in 2008 to identify and inspire excellence in efforts to fight malaria in the Americas.

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Cases

214 millionmalaria cases estimated worldwide in 2015

Progress report

Incidence

37%global decrease in malaria incidence between 2000 and 2015

Key facts

Mortality

60%decrease in global malaria mortality rates between 2000 and 2015

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Latest guidance

Updated guidance on insecticide resistance monitoring

Monitoring and managing mosquito resistance to insecticides is a core function of the Global Malaria Programme. This updated guidance provides new methods for detecting and measuring the intensity of such resistance.

Other recent documents


Global Technical Strategy

GTS/ SDGs - timeline

The Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 calls for a reduction in global malaria incidence and mortality rates of at least 90% by 2030. It shares the same timeline as the Sustainable Development Goals.

World Malaria Report

World Malaria Report 2015

The World Malaria Report, released each year in December, is WHO’s flagship malaria publication. It contains the latest available data on malaria policies, interventions and trends in all endemic countries.

In focus: elimination

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The Global Technical Strategy aims to eliminate malaria in at least 10 countries by 2020. According to a recent WHO report, 21 countries are in a position to eliminate malaria within the next 5 years.

More on malaria

Female anopheles mosquito malaria vector.
Sven Torfinn/ WHO 2016

Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. P. falciparum is the most prevalent malaria parasite in Africa and responsible for most malaria deaths globally. P. vivax is the dominant parasite outside of sub-Saharan Africa.

Fact sheets and Q&As


Policy Advisory Committee

The Malaria Policy Advisory Committee provides independent strategic advice to WHO on all policy areas relating to malaria control and elimination.

A word from the experts

Hear from some of the world-renowned researchers that guide WHO’s malaria policies.

"Countries have done a great job decreasing malaria cases and deaths, but we’re not out of the woods yet."

"Science is still a challenging field for women to enter, and even more so in which to progress."

"After all this progress, the hardest bits are yet to come. But these will also be the best bits, because it means we will be working towards elimination."

Video

Over the last 15 years, there has been a remarkable decline in the global malaria burden. This video highlights achievements in malaria control and the global strategy to address remaining gaps.

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The WHO Global Malaria Programme is responsible for coordinating WHO's global efforts to control and eliminate malaria. You can contact us at: infogmp@who.int

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