What is World Malaria Day?
Globally every 2 minutes, a child dies of malaria.
On 25 April each year, World Malaria Day aims to raise awareness about global efforts to control the spread of malaria and celebrate the improvements that have been made in the areas of treatment, prevention and education.
A key focus is on remote communities, particularly in developing countries, where malaria has significantly higher mortality rates. So, let’s dive into what World Malaria Day is all about!
What is malaria?
Malaria is a life-threatening disease, transmitted through the female Anopheles mosquito, that has been infected by the plasmodium parasite. When this mosquito bites someone, this parasite is released into the bloodstream of the person.
Another way malaria can be transmitted is through blood transfusions or organ transplants.
Why is malaria prevention a serious global issue?
In 2016, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) reported that an estimated 445,000 people died of malaria. The tragedy is that malaria is both a treatable and curable disease, however it can be fatal when the disease is not detected or treatment has not started early enough.
Access to adequate healthcare is a driving factor in the high malarial mortality rate in tropical and subtropical regions such as Africa, South America and South East Asia. Widespread infection rates, across communities and multiple continents, with many cases still going unreported, is what makes malaria prevention a global issue.
When was World Malaria Day established?
In 2007, World Malaria Day was established at the 60th session of the World Health Assembly. It was proposed that what was once commemorated as Africa Malaria Day should be changed to World Malaria Day. From then on, World Malaria Day has recognised the disease’s global impact, rather than focusing on African communities exclusively.
What is the theme for World Malaria Day 2020?
This year’s theme is “zero malaria starts with me”, which takes into account the power of all members of society to take action.
Led by the World Health Organisation, World Malaria Day 2020 is calling on political leaders, private sector companies and community members to do their part in a shared effort to work towards reaching zero malaria cases globally.
How you can make a difference this World Malaria Day
This World Malaria Day, join us in the fight to eradicate suffering caused by this disease in remote and rural areas. You can help a child sleep safe at night by providing them with a mosquito net, as this is the most effective way to prevent children contracting the disease.
Your support can change the life of a child, and help us reach zero cases of malaria globally.