World Malaria Day
- 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: