world malaria day, “Ready to beat malaria”

Malaria Day gives people the  chance to promote  and  learn about the  collective efforts made to prevent and reduce Malaria around the world.World health organization  joins partner organizations in promoting this year’s “Ready to beat malaria”. This theme underscores the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community in  the common goal of a world free of malaria. Urgent action is required to get the global fight against malaria back on track. That’s why WHO is calling for greater investment that prevent, diagnose and treat malaria.

 

Role of who to prevent malaria

WHO and its partners are calling on all concerned parties to be ready to end malaria ,a disease which can be fatal and which affects millions of people, claiming many lives annually.World Malaria Day coincides with activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of WHO. Over the last 7 decades, WHO has been providing support to countries to fight malaria. “Ready to beat malaria” is the theme of this year’s day. The theme underscores the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria.

Life threatening disease

Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. It is a preventable and curable disease and yet the global burden of this disease is very high.latest “World Malaria Report”, released in November 2017, there were 216 million cases of malaria in 2016, up from 211 million cases in 2015. The estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 445 000 in 2016, a similar number to the previous year. children  susceptible to infection, illness and death; more than two thirds (70%) of all malaria deaths occur in this age group. The number of under-5 malaria deaths has declined from 440 000 in 2010 to 285 000 in 2016. However, malaria remains a major killer of children under 5, taking the life of a child every 2 minutes

Eastern Mediterranean Region malaria cases high

Eastern Mediterranean Region, the number of malaria cases increased from 3.9 million in 2015 to 4.3 million in 2016with 8200 deaths. Ninety-five percent (95%) of confirmed malaria cases are reported from 4 countries in the Region and 6 countries are at high risk of malaria but are at the stage of burden reduction.

Conclusion

Half the world still lives at risk from this preventable, treatable disease, which costs a child’s life every two minutes. We urgently need to do more to end malaria and save millions more who will otherwise needlessly die from the disease.Malaria remains both a major cause and a consequence of global poverty: its burden is greatest among the poorest and the most vulnerable members of society.

 

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