World Health Day 2014 – Small bite: Big threat

Three-year-old child sleeping under a net in Kenya.
© 2009 David Snyder, Courtesy of Photoshare

18 March 2014 – More than half the world’s population is at risk of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis and yellow fever, and about a million people lose their lives every year. WHO's 2014 World Health Day campaign seeks to raise awareness about the threat posed by mosquitoes, flies, ticks and freshwater snails, and urges families and communities to take action to protect themselves. Resources, including a global brief, infographics, posters and factsheets, are available on the global campaign website.

New publication: Global Fund concept note development

Mother and child in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya.
Sarah Hoibak/ UNHCR

28 March 2014 – Malaria endemic countries are in the process of developing concept notes under the new funding model of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. To provide guidance to National Malaria Control Programmes, WHO has issued a policy brief summarizing all recommended policies and strategies that countries should take into account.

Fifth Malaria Policy Advisory Committee meeting concludes

MPAC meeting, March 2013
Pierre Albouy/ WHO

14 March 2014 – The Malaria Policy Advisory Committee met on 12–14 March to consider updates from the Technical Expert Group on vector control, the Evidence Review Group on diagnostic testing in low transmission settings and several other expert groups. The Committee provided feedback on the draft Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2025, which is scheduled to be presented to the World Health Assembly in May 2015. The agenda also included an update on the RTS,S vaccine candidate and the process for updating the malaria treatment guidelines. Background documentation is being added to the MPAC section of this website.


Latest news

8 April 2014 - Updated factsheet on artemisinin resistance

Parasite resistance to artemisinin has been detected in five countries in South-East Asia. Our updated factsheet explains what this means for global efforts to control and eliminate malaria, and why it deserves global attention.

10 March 2014 – World Malaria Day: 25 April 2014

On World Malaria Day 2014, WHO will highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria control and elimination. The theme of the global three-year campaign is "Invest in the future. Defeat malaria."

13 February 2014 – Updated policy brief on IPTp implementation

The policy brief offering guidance on the implementation of intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy has been updated to reflect the latest recommendations of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee.

4 February 2014 – New update on artemisinin resistance

A new update is available on the status of artemisinin resistance in affected countries. The update also summarizes WHO’s current policy and treatment recommendations, and highlights areas of concern.

30 January 2014 – New web section: Global Technical Strategy for Malaria

The WHO Global Malaria Programme is coordinating the development of a Global Technical Strategy for Malaria for the 2016-2025 period. All related information is available in a dedicated web section.

World Malaria Report 2013

The report contains the latest available data on malaria policies, interventions and trends in all endemic countries.

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