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 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.
The WHO European Region is malaria free
20 April 2016 – The European Region is the first to have achieved interruption of indigenous malaria transmission. The number of indigenous malaria cases dropped from more than 90 000 in 1995 to zero cases in 2015. Ahead of World Malaria Day 2016, WHO announces that the European Region hit its 2015 target to wipe out malaria, contributing to the global goal to "End malaria for good".
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.
The report on the March 2016 Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) meeting is available.
In his World Malaria Day message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said malaria is a formidable opponent. “If we lower our guard, experience shows that the disease may come back. “
Ahead of World Malaria Day, UNITAID published 2 reports that project rising demand for malaria diagnostics and treatment through 2018.
This summary provides a 32-page selection of key data and facts from the World Malaria Report 2015. It is also available in French and Spanish.
WHO investigates reports of missing gene among malaria parasites and possible impact on RDT performance
WHO is rigorously reviewing reports of P. falciparum genetic mutations in some African settings to determine their accuracy and supporting countries to investigate suspected false negative rapid diagnostic test (RDT) results consistent with a missing pfhrp2 gene.