World Malaria Day 2015

Pregnant woman reading a booklet on how to protect herself from malaria, 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.

Seventh Malaria Policy Advisory Committee meeting concludes

MPAC meeting, March 2013
Pierre Albouy/ WHO

12 March 2015 – The Malaria Policy Advisory Committee held its latest meeting on 5–7 March. It considered updates from the Global Malaria Programme on its ongoing strategy refresh and policy-setting process and provided feedback on the draft strategy for malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong subregion. The Committee also considered an update on the RTS,S vaccine candidate, a report on G6PD testing and a proposal for the creation of an expert review group on malaria in pregnancy. All documentation can be found on the MPAC section of this site. The formal meeting report will be published in the Malaria Journal.

Eliminating malaria from the Greater Mekong subregion

Young girl sitting in woman's lap in Ratanakiri, Cambodia
Sarah Hoibak

24 February 2015 – Given the emergence of artemisinin resistance at multiple sites in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, a regional malaria elimination effort is now considered to be the most appropriate public health response. WHO has recently embarked on the development of a regional malaria elimination strategy. The document is being drafted under the aegis of the Regional Hub for the Emergency Response to Artemisinin Resistance in an inclusive and transparent manner, and will be put online for public consultation soon.


Latest news

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.

26 March 2015 – Updated oral artemisinin-based monotherapy tracking list

Eight countries are yet to take regulatory action against the marketing of oral artemisinin-based monotherapies. At least 25 pharmaceutical companies, mostly in India, continue to market these non-recommended products.

10 March 2015 – Sixth MPAC meeting report available in Malaria Journal

The report on the September 2014 Malaria Policy Advisory Committee meeting is now available. The report and all related documentation can be consulted on the dedicated MPAC meetings page.

5 March 2015 – Second edition of microscopy training manual available in French

The second edition of the Basic malaria microscopy package is available in French in the WHO online bookstore. Divided into a learner's guide and a tutor's guide, the package provides all that is needed to conduct a complete training course.

3 March 2015 – Training module on epidemiological approach available in French and Portuguese

Both manuals of the training package on epidemiological approach for malaria control – the guide for participants and the guide for tutors – are now available in French and Portuguese and can be downloaded from this website.

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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