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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Areas of work
- Diagnostic testing
- Drug resistance and containment
- Entomology and vector control
- Malaria elimination
- Malaria vaccine development
Data and statistics
- Global antimalarial drug efficacy database
- Global insecticide resistance database
- Global Health Observatory: cases and deaths
- Global Malaria Mapper
Updated guidance on insecticide resistance monitoring
Other recent documents
Update on artemisinin and ACT resistance
WHO malaria terminology
False-negative RDT results and implications of new reports of P. falciparum HRP 2/3 gene deletions
The WHO Global Malaria Programme at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Global vector control response online consultation
Call for applications for membership on the Technical Expert Group on Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation
Call for expressions of interest for Round 8 of the WHO Malaria RDT Product Testing Programme
New WHO advisory group tackles key questions on malaria eradication
Health ministers adopt new plan for malaria elimination in the Americas
Global Technical Strategy
World Malaria Report
More on malaria
Fact sheets and Q&As
Policy Advisory Committee
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."
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.