World Malaria Day is celebrated on 25th April every year, to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control.
Malaria is preventable as well as curable.
Theme for World Malaria Day 2020 is “Zero malaria starts with me”.
Malaria kills 400,000 people every year. 94% of deaths occur in the African Region. Children under five years are the most vulnerable group, accounting for 67% of deaths.
It is a grassroots campaign that aims to keep malaria high on the political agenda, mobilize additional resources, and empower communities to take ownership of malaria prevention and care.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) releases the World Malaria Report.
Between 2000 and 2014, the number of malaria-related deaths fell by 40% worldwide, from an estimated 743 000 to 446 000.
But in recent years, progress has ground to a standstill. According to WHO’s World malaria report 2019, there were no global gains in reducing new infections over the period 2014 to 2018. And nearly as many people died from the disease in 2018 as the year before.
With “Zero Malaria” campaign WHO aims to engage all members of Society, Government authorities, private sector companies and communities affected by it, to control the spread of Malaria in the world.