Historical collection

WHO houses a vast collection of historical malaria literature, spanning nearly a century. The archive contains documents issued by the League of Nations Malaria Commission (established in 1924), the WHO Interim Commission Expert Committee on Malaria (established in 1947), and documents related to the Global Malaria Eradication Programme. The collection includes technical and operational guidelines, country updates, expert committee reports and many other documents. The archive is a unique resource for the scientific community as well as national malaria control programmes.

WHO historical documents on malaria (1947–2000)

This overview document provides a listing of all the WHO/MAL documents published by WHO between 1947 and 2000. It aims to make the Organization's historical grey literature on malaria accessible to a wider audience.

Morbidity and mortality figures (1955–1997)

Malaria in the Americas: Trends from 1959 to 2011

Malaria has declined in recent years in countries of the American continents. In 2011, 12 of 21 endemic countries had already met their 2015 Millennium Development Goal. With the exception of 2 countries, the unprecedented collective decline in malaria trend observed since the 1990s presents a unique opportunity for the Americas to seriously consider malaria elimination as a final goal.

World malaria situation in 1994

Between 5 and 19 September 1994, the WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record published in three parts an article on the world malaria situation in 1994, representing the most up-to-date data available at the time.

Vector bionomics in the epidemiology and control of malaria (1984)

A comprehensive overview of malaria vectors worldwide in relation to their environment prepared by Dr A.R. Zahar (former WHO entomologist). These landmark publications, compiled in the 1980s and 1990s and divided by WHO Region, offer essential information on mosquito vectors to plan effective malaria control and elimination programmes.

The WHO African Region & the Southern WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region
The WHO European Region and the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region
The WHO South-East Asia Region and the Western Pacific Region

Case studies in the epidemiology of malaria (1971)

A series of 54 educational case studies to help improve field epidemiology skills. This rich material was compiled in the 1960s from published and unpublished reports available at WHO. It is still interesting today, especially for countries considering embarking upon malaria elimination.

Medical geography: a medical-geographical study of an ancient disease

Originally published in Russian, this document examines the formation and structure of the worldwide malaria distribution area in details as it stood in 1966. The aim of this discussion was to provide a deeper understanding of the very specific epidemiology of the disease and to allow for the planning of activities for malaria prevention in formerly infected territories.