Dr Tedros, WHO Director-General, speaks at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly

Leaders at UN General Assembly step up commitments in the fight against malaria

22 September 2017 – Convening at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Heads of State and senior officials from across Africa, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas called for intensified efforts to meet the targets of the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030.


Europe commits to staying malaria-free

4 September 2017 – The WHO European Region is the first to achieve malaria-free status. While this represents a landmark achievement, continued focus and action is needed to preserve these gains and prevent the re-establishment of malaria transmission. Through the Ashgabat Statement, launched today, Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States reaffirm their commitment and identify clear actions that they will take collectively.

Vector control webpage launched

21 August 2017 – Yesterday marked World Mosquito Day, and exactly 120 years since malaria parasites were first discovered in Anopheles mosquitoes. This proved the role of mosquitoes in transmission and paved the way for malaria control through targeting these vectors. Massive reductions in malaria have been achieved through vector control, serving as a strong example for tackling other diseases. A new WHO health topics webpage consolidates information and guidance on vector control.

Taking on malaria: the top killer in north-eastern Nigeria

5 August 2017 – WHO estimates up to 10 000 lives could be saved by November through malaria prevention and control, if more funds are secured. Following more than 8 years of conflict in Borno state in north-eastern Nigeria, some 3.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and all are at risk for malaria. WHO estimates that every week, around 8500 people are infected with the disease in Borno state. With the high transmission season for malaria lasting through October, WHO expects these numbers will increase.

WHO Nigeria/L. Ozor

Extending health coverage in hard-to-reach areas

13 July 2017 – Three illnesses – malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea – account for over 42% of deaths of children under the age of 5 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In rural Tanganyika Province, a community-based diagnosis and treatment programme supported by WHO brings life-saving health coverage to vulnerable populations. Generously funded by the Government of Canada, the Rapid Access Expansion Programme (RAcE) helps the Ministry of Public Health to train and support community health workers in hard-to-reach areas.

Griff Tapper/ WHO

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212 millionmalaria cases worldwide in 2015

Progress report


21%global decrease in malaria incidence between 2010 and 2015

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29%decrease in global malaria mortality rates between 2010 and 2015

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Closing the prevention gap

This new publication, Malaria prevention works: let's close the gap, focuses on core vector control measures and preventive treatment strategies for the most vulnerable groups in Africa: pregnant women, infants and children under age five.

World Malaria Report

WMR 2016

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.

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.

Policy Advisory Committee

MPAC meeting - March 2017
Mark Henley/ WHO 2017

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

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

Registration open for the next meeting

The next MPAC meeting will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 17–19 October 2017. The first 2 days of the meeting are open to technical partners but advance registration is required.

More on malaria

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.

World Malaria Day 2017

World Malaria Day 2017 (Kenya)
Sven Torfinn/ WHO 2016

World Malaria Day is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control.

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