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.
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.
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.
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.
Areas of work
- Diagnostic testing
- Drug resistance and response
- Entomology and vector control
- Malaria elimination
- High-risk groups
- Malaria vaccine development
- Preventive therapies
Fact sheets and Q&As
- WHO fact sheet on malaria
- Q&A on the malaria vaccine implementation programme (MVIP)
- Q&A on the Phase 3 trial results for malaria vaccine RTS,S/AS01
- Q&A on artemisinin resistance
Malaria vector control products evaluation
- Conditions for deployment of mosquito nets treated with a pyrethroid and piperonyl butoxide
- Framework for a national plan for monitoring and management of insecticide resistance in malaria vectors
- A framework for malaria elimination
- Global Fund – funding proposal development – WHO policy brief 2016
- Test procedures for insecticide resistance monitoring in malaria vector mosquitoes (Second edition)
Other recent publications
- Malaria rapid diagnostic test performance. Results of WHO product testing of malaria RDTs: round 7 (2015-2016)
- WHO preferred product characteristics: endectocide for malaria transmission control
- Status report on artemisinin and ACT resistance (April 2017)
- Malaria Policy Advisory Committee meeting report (March 2017)
Closing the prevention gap
World Malaria Report
Global Technical Strategy
Policy Advisory Committee
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.
Letter to partners
Malaria eradication on the agenda at the 141st WHO Executive Board meeting
Health experts call for new tools to tackle vector-borne diseases
Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to take part in WHO malaria vaccine programme
WHO statements for World Malaria Day 2017
Call for applications for membership on the Technical Expert Group on Malaria Vector Control (VCTEG)
Getting to zero: WHO holds global forum to accelerate malaria elimination progress