World Malaria Day is celebrated every year on 25 April to highlight the need for the prevention, Control and Elimination of Malaria. This day also marks the continuing great achievements in the fight against malaria. It is also necessary to provide education to the people for better understanding regarding disease malaria and how to cure it. Let us study through this article about history, Theme and significance of Malaria Day and also about malaria, Its Casual organism, Symptoms etc.
Malaria is a life-threatening disease which is caused by Plasmodium Parasites. The WHO has called for accelerated scale-up of efforts to prevent malaria and save lives. According to the most recent World Malaria Report, the global tally of malaria reached 429,000 malaria deaths and 212 million new cases in 2015.
Malaria Day was established in May 2007 by the 60th session of the World Health Assembly, WHO’s decision-making body. The day was established to provide “education and understanding of malaria” and spread information on “year-long intensified implementation of national malaria-control strategies, including community-based activities for malaria prevention and treatment in endemic areas.
Prior to the establishment of WMD, Africa Malaria Day was held on April 25. Africa Malaria Day began in 2001, one year after the historic Abuja Declaration was signed by 44 malaria-endemic countries at the African Summit on Malaria. Malaria Day allows for corporations, Multinational organizations and grassroots organizations globally to work together to bring awareness to malaria and advocate for policy changes.
Themes of World Malaria Day
Each Malaria Day focuses on a specific theme. Below explained each one.
- World Malaria Day 2019: “Zero malaria starts with me”
- World Malaria Day 2018: “Ready to beat malaria”
- Malaria Day 2017: “LETS Close The Gap”
- Malaria Day 2016: “End Malaria For Good”
- Malaria Day 2013-2014-2015: “Invest in the future: defeat malaria”
- Malaria Day 2012: “Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria”
- Malaria Day 2011: “Achieving Progress and Impact”
- Malaria Day 2009-2010: “Counting malaria out”
- Malaria Day 2008: “Malaria: a disease without borders”