207 million 627,000
estimated cases of malaria in 2012. deaths caused by malaria in 2012.
Friday, April 25, is World Malaria Day 2014. This anniversary was instituted by WHO Member States during the World Health Assembly of 2007. It is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control. It is also an opportunity:
- for countries in affected regions to learn from each other's experiences and support each other's efforts;
- for new donors to join a global partnership against malaria;
- for research and academic institutions to flag scientific advances to both experts and the general public; and
- for international partners, companies and foundations to showcase their efforts and reflect on how to further scale up intervention
From Malaria Control to Malaria Elimination
This month, WHO launched a manual for elimination scenario planning which aims to help countries most impacted by the disease move toward elimination. Colleagues from DCP3 collaborator, University of California, San Francisco's Global Health Group contributed to the production of the manual.
Since 2000, there has been a 42% reduction in malaria mortality rates globally, and a 49% decline in the WHO African Region. This progress has led many malaria-endemic countries, even those with historically high burdens of malaria, to explore the possibility of accelerating towards elimination.
The elimination scenario planning (ESP) manual provides malaria-endemic countries with a comprehensive framework to assess different scenarios for moving towards this goal, depending on programme coverage and funding availability. It also helps countries set realistic timelines and provides essential knowledge for strategic planning in the long term.