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.
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.
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.