9 December 2014 – Global malaria mortality rates have been reduced by 47% between 2000 and 2013, according the latest World Malaria Report launched today. New analysis reveals that parasite prevalence rates have also significantly declined, which means that fewer people are carriers of symptomatic or asymptomatic infections. The World Malaria Report is WHO’s flagship malaria publication, released each year in December. It assesses global and regional malaria trends, highlights progress towards global targets, and describes opportunities and challenges in controlling and eliminating the disease. Most of the data presented in this report is for 2013.
14 November 2014 – Malaria is a prevalent cause of fever in Ebola-affected countries and its clinical presentation overlaps with initial signs of Ebola. For this reason, the effectiveness of the Ebola response can be optimized through the deployment of targeted measures to reduce the number of fever cases due to malaria. WHO recommends specific adaptations in the diagnosis of malaria and in LLIN distribution in countries heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak, as well as deployment of mass drug administration using ACTs in certain areas.
PAHO honors 2014 Malaria Champions of the Americas
7 November 2014 – On the occasion of Malaria Day in the Americas (6 November), PAHO/WHO recognized three health programmes for their outstanding contribution to malaria elimination. These were: the National Center for Control of Tropical Diseases in the Dominican Republic, the Southwest Petén Health Program for vector control efforts in Guatemala, and the Integrated Malaria Control program of José Santos Guardiola in Honduras. Since 2000, the number of malaria cases has been reduced by 64% in the region, and malaria deaths have declined by 78%.