Every year on April 25 we celebrate World Malaria Day. In the last decade global efforts have been able to scale up effective interventions and reduce the malaria burden worldwide. More countries than ever are close to eradicating the disease and the world was able to prevent nearly 100 million malaria cases from 2000 to 2018.
However, this fight is far from over. Malaria still kills over 400,000 people per year, and 228 million cases were registered worldwide in 2018. To end with malaria in one generation, it is necessary novel tools and methods to complement existing ones. The COVID-19 pandemic adds another challenge to health systems and professionals, and there is a significant risk that malaria prevention and treatment programmes will be disrupted.
This year the theme is “Zero Malaria Starts with Me”, a reminder that each one of us has a role to play in malaria prevention and care. Now more than ever, it is time to call on governments to ensure robust health systems to protect us from existing diseases such as malaria, as well as emerging ones like COVID-19. Join the “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” movement – find out how at the World Malaria Day’s advocacy and communication toolkit.
(For the French version of the toolkit, visit here).