6 November 2015 – On the occasion of Malaria Day in the Americas, PAHO/WHO recognized the national malaria control programmes of Brazil, Paraguay and Honduras for their outstanding contribution to malaria elimination. Between 2000 and 2014, Brazil achieved a 76% reduction in the number of malaria cases – this figure rising to 83% in municipalities with extreme poverty levels – and Honduras a 90% reduction. By 2011, Paraguay had reduced its malaria burden by 99.9% – an accomplishment the country has sustained since that year.
4 November 2015 – Malawi has succeeded in reducing child mortality rates by 72% since 1990, with the help of programmes such as WHO’s Rapid Access Expansion programme. The project aims to tackle pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria and malnutrition – leading killers of children under the age of 5 in sub-Saharan Africa. Community health workers are now stationed in villages and trained to appropriately diagnose and treat children.
23 October 2015 – The WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization and the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) jointly recommended today pilot projects to understand how to best use a vaccine that protects against malaria in young children. The vaccine, known as RTS,S, is being assessed as a complementary malaria control tool that could potentially be added to – but not replace – the core package of proven malaria preventive, diagnostic and treatment measures.
14 October 2015 – Malaria death rates have plunged by 60% since 2000, translating into 6.2 million lives saved, according to a new joint report from WHO and UNICEF. The publication, titled Achieving the malaria MDG target, shows that the malaria target of the Millennium Development Goals has been met “convincingly”. However, malaria remains an acute public health problem in many regions – particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, which accounted for 89% of global malaria cases and 91% of malaria deaths in 2015.
The report summarizes the remarkable progress seen, on a global and regional level, in reversing malaria mortality and incidence since 2000.
Between 2010 and 2014, insecticide resistance has been detected in 59 countries. This Q&A explains what this means for global efforts to control and eliminate malaria and why it is important to tackle this growing threat.
Experts from the Global Malaria Programme held a symposium on strategy and policy updates at the 64th Annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Philadelphia, United States of America.
The WHO global fact sheet on malaria has been updated to provide the latest facts and figures about the disease.
WHO applauded the decision to award this year's Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for the discoveries of drugs that have radically improved treatment for malaria, river blindness and lymphatic filariasis.