World Malaria Day: new guidelines on the treatment of malaria

The Global Fund / John Rae

22 April 2015 – On the occasion of World Malaria Day 2015 (25 April), WHO is releasing the third edition of the Guidelines for the treatment of malaria. The updated guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations on the diagnosis and treatment of uncomplicated and severe malaria, and on the use of medicines to prevent malaria in high-risk groups.

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

Women reading a brochure on malaria, Tanzania.
COMMIT Project 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.


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24 April 2015 – Updated Q&A on RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine candidate

WHO has published an updated Q&A about RTS,S/AS01, a malaria vaccine being developed through a partnership between GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals and the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative.

22 April 2015 – Online consultation on draft GMS malaria elimination strategy

WHO is working with countries and partners on developing a regional malaria elimination strategy for the Greater Mekong subregion. The draft strategy is now available for public consultation. Please send your comments by 29 April.

21 April 2015 – Call for applications for MPAC membership

The WHO Global Malaria Programme is currently calling for applications from malaria experts to be considered for membership on the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee. Applications should be submitted by 31 May.

15 April 2015 – Summary of World Malaria Report 2014 in 7 languages

This summary provides a 24-page selection of key data and facts from the World Malaria Report 2014 and is available in the 6 official languages and Portuguese.

8 April 2015 – RAcE 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 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.

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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