25 April: World Malaria Day
World Malaria Day (WMD) 2016 was observed globally on 25 April 2016. The theme for 2016 is End Malaria For Good.
This year’s theme reflects the vision of a malaria-free world set out in the Global technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030. Adopted in May 2015 by the World Health Assembly, the strategy aims to dramatically lower the global malaria burden over the next 15 years. Its goals are:
• Reducing the rate of new malaria cases by at least 90%
• Reducing malaria death rates by at least 90%
• Eliminating malaria in at least 35 countries
• Preventing a resurgence of malaria in all countries that are malaria-free
The timeline of 2016-2030 is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, the new global development framework endorsed by all UN Member States.
On 20 April 2016, the WHO released the World Malaria Report 2015, which showed major decline in global malaria cases and deaths since 2000. Besides, in the report, it was announced that the European Region became the first in the world to have achieved interruption of indigenous malaria transmission.
The World Malaria Day is an international observance commemorated every year on 25 April and recognizes global efforts to control malaria. WMD is one of eight official global public health campaigns currently marked by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The WMD 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.
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When: 25 April 2016