Malaria

KEMRI/CDC research institute, insectaries outside Kisumu, Kenya.

WHO Executive Board requests resolution on a comprehensive approach to global vector control

3 February 2017 – The WHO Executive Board recently reviewed the proposed Global vector control response 2017–2030. In view of Member States’ strong support for the proposed plan, the Board requested that the WHO Secretariat, in collaboration with interested Member States, prepare a resolution for consideration by all 192 Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017.

Sven Torfinn/WHO 2016
2016 highlights in the global malaria fight

2016 highlights in the global malaria fight

This end-of-year video spotlights key developments in the global response to malaria in 2016. It highlights the launch of a new malaria strategy in India, elimination in the European Region, and elimination certification in Sri Lanka. Other topics include the pilot deployment of the world’s first malaria vaccine and the convening of a new WHO advisory group on malaria eradication.

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Dr Pedro Alonso, Director WHO Global Malaria Programme

Letter to partners

16 December 2016 – In his bi-annual letter to partners, Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme, reflects on the following topics: the launch of World Malaria Report 2016, the RTS,S malaria vaccine programme, the new report Eliminating malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion, a 5-year WHO investigation on long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs), malaria elimination in Sri Lanka, new regional malaria frameworks, the inaugural meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group on malaria eradication and the tenth meeting of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee.

Mark Henley/ WHO 2016
World Malaria report 2016

World Malaria Report 2016

13 December 2016 – Our latest report spotlights progress in the scale-up of key malaria-fighting tools for the most vulnerable populations: children and pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa. But in many countries, substantial gaps in programme coverage remain. Funding shortfalls and fragile health systems are undermining overall progress, jeopardizing the attainment of global targets.

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Cambodian girls under bed nets

New report: “Eliminating malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion”

25 November 2016 – Since 2012, countries across the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) have reported a sharp decline in malaria cases and deaths. But the spread of antimalarial drug resistance threatens to undermine these gains. A new report from WHO offers a set of tried-and-tested approaches that can help GMS countries end transmission of this deadly disease. The report was released this week at a malaria partners’ forum in Cambodia.

Vlad Sokhin/ WHO 2016

fact buffet

Cases

212 millionmalaria cases worldwide in 2015

Progress report

Incidence

21%global decrease in malaria incidence between 2010 and 2015

Key facts

Mortality

29%decrease in global malaria mortality rates between 2010 and 2015

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Latest guidance

Global Fund – funding proposal development

Global Fund – funding proposal development – WHO policy brief 2016

This policy brief summarizes all malaria-related policies and interventions currently recommended by WHO. It aims to help countries develop funding proposals for the Global Fund and other donors.

World Malaria Report

WMR 2016

The World Malaria Report, released each year in December, is WHO’s flagship malaria publication. It contains the latest available data on malaria policies, interventions and trends in all endemic countries.

Global Technical Strategy

GTS/ SDGs - timeline

The Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 calls for a reduction in global malaria incidence and mortality rates of at least 90% by 2030. It shares the same timeline as the Sustainable Development Goals.


Other recent publications

In focus

Eliminating malaria in the GMS

Countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion cut their malaria case incidence by an estimated 54% between 2012 and 2015. This report offers an overview of tried-and-tested approaches that can help them end malaria transmission once and for all.

Policy Advisory Committee

MPAC meeting - September 2016
Mark Henley/ WHO 2016

The Malaria Policy Advisory Committee provides independent strategic advice to WHO on all policy areas relating to malaria control and elimination.

Registration for the next MPAC meeting

The meeting will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on 22–24 March 2017. The first two days of the meeting are open to technical partners but advance registration is required.


More on malaria

Female anopheles mosquito malaria vector.
Sven Torfinn/ WHO 2016

Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. P. falciparum is the most prevalent malaria parasite in Africa and responsible for most malaria deaths globally. P. vivax is the dominant parasite outside of sub-Saharan Africa.

Video

This end-of-year video spotlights key developments in the global response to malaria in 2016.

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