Malaria

GMP honours achievements of community health workers

Global Malaria Programme honours achievements of community health workers
WHO / Amos Gumulira

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.

World Malaria Day 2015

Pregnant woman reading a booklet on how to protect herself from malaria, Tanzania.
Rob Ainslie

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.

Seventh Malaria Policy Advisory Committee meeting concludes

MPAC meeting, March 2013
Pierre Albouy/ WHO

12 March 2015 – The Malaria Policy Advisory Committee held its latest meeting on 5–7 March. It considered updates from the Global Malaria Programme on its ongoing strategy refresh and policy-setting process and provided feedback on the draft strategy for malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong subregion. The Committee also considered an update on the RTS,S vaccine candidate, a report on G6PD testing and a proposal for the creation of an expert review group on malaria in pregnancy. All documentation can be found on the MPAC section of this site. The formal meeting report will be published in the Malaria Journal.

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8 April 2015 – RAcE's partners meet for first best practices and policy meeting

The WHO Rapid Access Expansion programme, which supports ministries of health in sub-Saharan Africa to scale up a package of health interventions for child survival, held its first international policy meeting on 9–13 February 2015 in Lilongwe, Malawi.

27 March 2015 – New publication: Climbing towards elimination in Bhutan

The ninth case study in the malaria elimination series focuses on Bhutan's progress in driving down transmission. It was released at the latest meeting of the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) in Hoi An, Viet Nam on 26 March.

26 March 2015 – Updated tracking list on oral artemisinin-based monotherapies

Eight countries are yet to take regulatory action against the marketing of oral artemisinin-based monotherapies. At least 25 pharmaceutical companies, mostly in India, continue to market these non-recommended products.

10 March 2015 – Sixth MPAC meeting report available in Malaria Journal

The report on the September 2014 Malaria Policy Advisory Committee meeting is now available. The report and all related documentation can be consulted on the dedicated MPAC meetings page.

5 March 2015 – Second edition of microscopy training manual available in French

The second edition of the Basic malaria microscopy package is available in French in the WHO online bookstore. Divided into a learner's guide and a tutor's guide, the package provides all that is needed to conduct a complete training course.

Draft technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030


This draft strategy will be considered by the World Health Assembly in May 2015.

World Malaria Report 2014

This report contains the latest available data on malaria policies, interventions and trends in all endemic countries.

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