This year World Malaria Day will be marked under the theme ‘Harness innovation to reduce the malaria disease burden and save lives.’ No single tool that is available today will solve the problem of malaria.
WHO is calling for investments and innovation that bring new vector control approaches, diagnostics, anti-malarial medicines and other tools to speed the pace of progress against malaria.
World Malaria Day is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control. It was instituted by WHO Member States during the World Health Assembly of 2007.
Despite steady advances in lowering the global burden of malaria between 2000 and 2015, progress has slowed or stalled in recent years, particularly in high burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Urgent and concerted action is needed to set the world back on a trajectory toward achieving the 2030 targets of the WHO global malaria strategy.