Malaria

Pedro Alonso speaking at the UNITAID

Health experts call for new tools to tackle vector-borne diseases

12 May 2017 – At a two-day meeting this week in Madrid co-hosted by Unitaid, WHO and ISGlobal, international health experts addressed the challenges posed by vector-borne diseases and explored new ways to respond to them. “With resistance to insecticides on the rise, innovation is going to be vital to develop new diagnostics, treatments and prevention tools, including vector control tools,” said Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme.

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Photo from Kenya

World Malaria Day: country success stories

5 May 2017 – This year on World Malaria Day, WHO placed a special focus on prevention as a critical strategy for saving lives and reducing the burden of disease. The Global Malaria Programme published stories from 3 countries that have made major strides in expanding access to core malaria prevention tools: Kenya, Cameroon and Papua New Guinea.

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World Malaria Day 2017: Closing the prevention gap

New report: “Malaria prevention works: let’s close the gap”

25 April 2017 – This new publication from WHO offers a brief summary of recommended tools in the malaria prevention arsenal. The report focuses on core vector control measures and preventive treatment strategies for the most vulnerable groups in Africa: pregnant women, infants and children under age five. See also our two Q&A interviews with prevention experts from the Global Malaria Programme.

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Dr Matshidiso Moeti at WMD 2017 high-level event in Nairobi

Closing the prevention gap in sub-Saharan Africa

24 April 2017 – At a high-level forum on the eve of World Malaria Day, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, Director of the WHO African Region, called for the rapid scale-up of proven malaria prevention tools. Despite expanded coverage of WHO-recommended prevention measures, millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa still lack access to core tools such as insecticide-treated nets, indoor spraying with insecticides and preventive therapies.

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Malaria Vaccine Implementation Programme

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to take part in WHO malaria vaccine programme

24 April 2017 – The WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) announced today the names of the three countries participating in the WHO-led pilot programme for the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine. The vaccine was developed to protect young children from infection by Plasmodium falciparum, the most deadly malaria parasite globally.

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Kevin Marsh, MPAC Chair during March 2017 meeting

Report of the latest meeting of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee

21 April 2017 – The Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC), which brings together some of the world’s foremost experts on the disease, provides essential guidance to WHO for the development of global policy recommendations on malaria. Together with the report of the latest MPAC meeting, an interview with Dr Kevin Marsh, Chair of the Committee since its inception in 2012, offers an inside look into MPAC's inner workings.

Mark Henley/ WHO 2017

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Cases

212 millionmalaria cases worldwide in 2015

Progress report

Incidence

21%global decrease in malaria incidence between 2010 and 2015

Key facts

Mortality

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

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Other recent publications

World Malaria Day 2017

World Malaria Day 2017 (Kenya)
Sven Torfinn/ WHO 2016

World Malaria Day is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control.


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.

Policy Advisory Committee

MPAC meeting - March 2017
Mark Henley/ WHO 2017

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.

"WHO as an organization is absolutely critical to the global health sector."


More on malaria

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.

Video

This end-of-year video spotlights key developments in the global response to malaria in 2016.

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