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World Malaria Day

  • 25 Apr 2020
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  • It 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 2020: “Zero malaria starts with me”
    • 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.
    • The 2019 report showed no global gains in reducing new infections over the period 2014 to 2018.
  • High burden to high impact: It is a new approach to get the malaria fight back on track, particularly in countries that carry the highest burden of disease. It is founded on 4 pillars:
    • Political will to reduce malaria deaths.
    • Strategic information to drive impact.
    • Better guidance, policies and strategies.
    • A coordinated national malaria response.
  • WHO officially endorses disease-specific global awareness days for only four diseases including malaria:

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