New information note on false negative RDTs and HRP2 deletions

Rapid diagnostic test
WHO/ Karen Reidy

19 May 2016 – Recent surveys in several African settings have found a varying proportion of P. falciparum parasites lacking the pfhrp2 gene. Without this gene, the parasite cannot produce HRP2 and cannot be detected by HRP2-based rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs). This information note provides guidance for countries on how to investigate suspected false negative RDT results, including pfhrp2 gene deletions, and on alternative non-HRP2-based RDT options.

New WHO report: “Eliminating malaria”

25 April 2016 – A new report from WHO, released on World Malaria Day, shines a spotlight on countries that are on track to eliminate malaria in the next 5 years. According to the analysis presented in this report, 21 countries are in a position to achieve at least 1 year of zero indigenous malaria cases by 2020.

World Malaria Day 2016: End malaria for good

UNHCR/Sarah Hoibak

World Malaria Day is marked each year on 25 April. It offers an annual opportunity to highlight advances in malaria control and to commit to continued action to accelerate progress against this deadly disease. This year’s theme, "End malaria for good", reflects the vision of a malaria-free world set out in the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030.

New video: progress and gaps in the fight against malaria

Over the last 15 years, there has been a remarkable decline in the global malaria burden. But our journey is incomplete: in 2015 alone, malaria claimed the lives of more than 400 000 people, mainly young African children, and there were 214 million new cases of the disease. A new video from the WHO Global Malaria Programme highlights achievements in malaria control and a global strategy to address remaining gaps. The video is available in English and French.

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214 millionmalaria cases estimated worldwide in 2015

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37%global decrease in malaria incidence between 2000 and 2015

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60%decrease in global malaria mortality rates between 2000 and 2015

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