22 April 2015 – On the occasion of World Malaria Day 2015 (25 April), WHO is releasing the third edition of the Guidelines for the treatment of malaria. The updated guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations on the diagnosis and treatment of uncomplicated and severe malaria, and on the use of medicines to prevent malaria in high-risk groups.
GMP honours achievements of community health workers
10 April 2015 – On the occasion of World Health Worker Week (5–11 April), the Global Malaria Programme notes the achievements of more than 7000 community health workers who have been supported by NGOs, WHO and ministries of health in the framework of the Rapid Access Expansion programme since 2012. Thanks to the efforts of these health workers, more than 648 000 cases of malaria, 403 200 cases of pneumonia and 255 450 cases of diarrhoea have been treated in the 5 countries where RAcE is being implemented. The integrated community case management services funded through a grant from the Government of Canada have reached over 650 000 children aged 2 to 59 months since the project began.
27 March 2015 – World Malaria Day will be marked on 25 April 2015. The global campaign theme is Invest in the future. Defeat malaria. World Malaria Day is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria control and elimination. It is also an opportunity for new donors to join the global malaria fight, and for research and academic institutions to showcase their scientific work. For this year’s World Malaria Day, WHO will launch new malaria treatment guidelines and highlight its draft technical strategy for 2016-2030 which will be considered for adoption by the World Health Assembly in May 2015.