29 July 2015 – At a global meeting in New Delhi, WHO released today a new document which describes strategies aimed at controlling and eliminating Plasmodium vivax, the cause of an estimated 16 million malaria cases worldwide in 2013. The technical brief covers several key strategic areas: diagnostic testing and treatment of P. vivax infections, G6PD deficiency and radical cure with primaquine, and surveillance. Organized with the support of Medicines for Malaria Venture, the meeting shines a spot-light on the importance of tackling P. vivax to achieve elimination targets in the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030.
20 May 2015 – The World Health Assembly has adopted a new global technical strategy for malaria, setting ambitious goals and targets for the next 15 years. Forty-one countries took the floor during the discussion – including Malawi speaking on behalf of the 47 countries of the African Region, and Indonesia speaking on behalf of the 11 countries of the South-East Asia Region. By adopting this strategy, Member States have set the target of reducing global malaria incidence and mortality rates by 90% by 2030.
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.