World Malaria Day

April 25, 2016, 8:29 a.m.

A woman putting up a mosquito bednet, United Republic of Tanzania.

WHO/S. Hollyman

On World Malaria Day, a push to eliminate malaria

25 April 2016 – WHO has released a report that shows that, although an ambitious goal, eliminating malaria from 35 countries by 2030 is achievable. Malaria mortality rates have declined by 60% globally since the year 2000 due to the use of tools such as insecticide-treated bed-nets, indoor residual spraying, and rapid diagnostic testing, but reaching the next level – elimination – will not be easy.

World Malaria Day 2016 photo

UNHCR/Sarah Hoibak

End malaria for good

30 March 2016 -- Each year, WHO and partners unite around a common World Malaria Day theme. This year's theme "End malaria for good" reflects the vision of a malaria-free world set out in the "Global technical strategy for malaria 2016–2030". The new strategy adopted in 2015 by the World Health Assembly aims to dramatically lower the global malaria burden. Its goals are ambitious but achievable, including a reduction in malaria case incidence and mortality of at least 90% by 2030.

214 millionThere were 214 million new cases of malaria worldwide in 2015.

438 000There were 438 000 deaths caused by malaria in 2015.

Fact sheet on malaria

57 countriesBetween 2000 and 2015, 57 countries achieved reductions in new malaria cases of least 75%.

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