Dr Pedro Alonso, Director WHO Global Malaria Programme

Letter to partners

16 December 2016 – In his bi-annual letter to partners, Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme, reflects on the following topics: the launch of World Malaria Report 2016, the RTS,S malaria vaccine programme, the new report Eliminating malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion, a 5-year WHO investigation on long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs), malaria elimination in Sri Lanka, new regional malaria frameworks, the inaugural meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group on malaria eradication and the tenth meeting of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee.

Mark Henley/ WHO 2016
World Malaria report 2016

World Malaria Report 2016

13 December 2016 – Our latest report spotlights progress in the scale-up of key malaria-fighting tools for the most vulnerable populations: children and pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa. But in many countries, substantial gaps in programme coverage remain. Funding shortfalls and fragile health systems are undermining overall progress, jeopardizing the attainment of global targets.

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Cambodian girls under bed nets

New report: “Eliminating malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion”

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.

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Mother and child in Uganda.

WHO welcomes global health funding for malaria vaccine

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.

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Pregnant woman under bednet in Kisumu, Kenya.

WHO investigation: LLINs still provide significant protection against malaria

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.

Sven Torfinn/ WHO 2016

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212 millionmalaria cases worldwide in 2015

Progress report


21%global decrease in malaria incidence between 2010 and 2015

Key facts


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

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Latest guidance

Global Fund – funding proposal development

Global Fund – funding proposal development – WHO policy brief 2016

This policy brief summarizes all malaria-related policies and interventions currently recommended by WHO. It aims to help countries develop funding proposals for the Global Fund and other donors.

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.

Other recent publications

In focus

Eliminating malaria in the GMS

Countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion cut their malaria case incidence by an estimated 54% between 2012 and 2015. This report offers an overview of tried-and-tested approaches that can help them end malaria transmission once and for all.

Policy Advisory Committee

MPAC meeting - September 2016
Mark Henley/ WHO 2016

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

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."

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Female anopheles mosquito malaria vector.
Sven Torfinn/ WHO 2016

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.


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.

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