25 April: World Malaria Day [ Current Affairs ]

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Every Year, World Malaria Day is being observed on 25th April across the world to acknowledge the global efforts to control disease malaria and to make aware the people with disease malaria which is caused by mosquitoes.

About World Malaria Day:

  • This day is marked by World health Organization (WHO) along with other days such as World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Hepatitis Day and World AIDS Day.
  • This day was established in May 2007 by the 60th session of the World Health Assembly which is WHO’s decision-making body.
  • Earlier, Africa Malaria Day was observed on 25th April which was started in 2001, which wasone year after the historic Abuja Declaration was signed by 44 malaria-endemic countries at the African Summit on Malaria.
  • It seeks to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for elimination and control of malaria.

2016 Theme of World malaria Day:

  • The theme was “End Malaria For Good”.
  • It redirects the vision of a malaria-free world set out in the Global technical plan for malaria 2016 - 2030.
  • The strategy was adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2015.
  • It aims to intensely lower the global malaria problem over the next 15 years and is associated with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Goals of the strategy are:

  • Eliminate malaria in at least 35 countries,
  • Reduce rate of new malaria cases by at least 90%,
  • Reduce malaria death rates by at least 90%,
  • Prevent a rebirth of malaria in all countries that are malaria-free.

- Published on: April 25, 2016