The theme of World Malaria Day this year is Ready to Beat Malaria.

World Malaria Day is important for at least three reasons:

First, it is an opportunity to celebrate our successes. Since 2000, millions of malaria deaths have been averted especially among children. More and more countries have eliminated the disease.

Second, World Malaria Day reminds us of the challenges that remain. The latest data from WHO shows that the global malaria response is at a crossroads. The declining trend in the number of malaria cases and deaths has stalled, and vital funding for malaria programmes has flatlined. If we continue along this path, we will lose the gains for which we have fought so hard.

Third, World Malaria Day unites all partners around a common goal: Accelerating the pace of progress.

We call on countries and the global health communities to close the critical gaps in the malaria response. Together, we must ensure that no one is left behind in accessing lifesaving services to prevent diagnosis and treatment of malaria.

Please join us to get the malaria responses back on track. I'm ready to beat malaria, are you?

Thank you.

Facts about Malaria from the World Malaria Report (released in November 2017)
  • In 2016, there were 216 million cases of malaria, and 445 000 malaria-related deaths worldwide.
  • In 2016, the WHO African Region was home to 90% of malaria cases and 91% of malaria deaths, making the region with the highest share of the global malaria burden.
  • In areas with high transmission of malaria, children under five are particularly susceptible to infection, illness and death, with more than two thirds of all malaria deaths occur in this age group.
  • The number of under-five malaria deaths has declined from 440 000 in 2010 to 285 000 in 2016. However, malaria remains a major killer of children under five years old, taking the life of a child every two minutes.
  • Total funding for malaria control and elimination reached an estimated US$ 2.7 billion in 2016. Contributions from governments of endemic countries amounted to US$ 800 million, representing 31% of funding. MIMS

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