Did you know that 216 million new cases of malaria were reported in 2016? The mosquito may seem like an annoying summertime pest to people in many countries, but in others, a mosquito bite can be deadly. World Malaria Day, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), is celebrated every year on April 25 to bring awareness to the global population about this deadly disease.
World Malaria Day - History
Africa Malaria Day Established
44 African countries severely affected by malaria launch this day to as they aimed to work together to battle the disease
World Malaria Day Established
The day is created to provide education and share information about malaria on a global scale
Malaria is largely eradicated in the New World due to DDT; eradication follows in many countries across the globe
British doctor Ronald Ross proves that malaria is transmitted by mosquito; he wins the Nobel Prize
French scientists purify quinine from the cinchona bark and finds that it is effective for malarial fevers
Colonizers and missionaries are introduced to the use of cinchona tree bark to treat malaria
Spanish invaders bring malaria to the Americas
Malaria is widespread and thought to be caused by "bad air"
How to Observe World Malaria Day
1. Share this article
Education is key in eliminating malaria. Posting this information on your social platforms will raise awareness about this deadly, but avoidable disease. Sharing is caring!
2. Make a donation
There are many worthwhile non-profit organizations working to bring malaria treatment tools to the countries that need them most. See how you can help by sharing your time or making a financial donation to assist their efforts.
3. Organize an event
At your office, church, school or community center, share facts about malaria and ask for people to support a reputable malaria prevention charity. Nearly everyone knows about malaria, but do they know how straightforward some of the prevention tools are?
Why World Malaria Day is Important
A. In 2016, malaria killed 445,000 people
While progress is being made on reducing the number of new malaria cases, the disease continues to kill hundreds of thousands of people every year. Sub-Saharan Africa is the region most affected by malaria.
B. WHO has a target to reduce global malaria incidence and mortality rates by at least 90% by 2030
In order to reach that target, the World Health Organization uses World Malaria Day to highlight the need for regular investment and continued political commitment for malaria prevention.
C. Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease
World Malaria Day is an opportunity for health organizations involved in malaria prevention to share stories of how they are conquering the disease.