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World Malaria Day 2018

In 2016, there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria in 91 countries (an increase of 5 million cases over 2015). Malaria is caused by Plasmodium parasites. The parasites are spread to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes, called "malaria vectors." 

April 25th is World Malaria Day. The WHO joins partner organizations in promoting this year’s World Malaria Day theme, Ready to Beat Malaria. This theme underscores the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community in uniting around the common goal of a world free of malaria. It highlights the remarkable progress achieved in tackling one of humanity’s oldest diseases, while also calling out worrying trends as captured in the 2017 World malaria report:

  • The global response to malaria is at a crossroads. After an unprecedented period of success in malaria control, progress has stalled.
  • The current pace is insufficient to achieve the 2020 milestones of the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030 – specifically, targets calling for a 40% reduction in malaria case incidence and death rates.
  • Countries with ongoing transmission are increasingly falling into one of two categories: those moving towards elimination and those with a high burden of the disease that have reported significant increases in malaria cases.

OPENPediatrics is pleased to feature the video Changes to the Outcomes of Severe Malaria by Dr. Kuban Naidoo from the 11th WFSISSM Congress.

 

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