Malaria remains one of the world’s leading killers, claiming the life of one child every two minutes. Worldwide, malaria kills 435,000 people a year, most of these deaths are in Africa, where more than 250,000 children under five years old die annually. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of cases increased in all 10 countries with the highest malaria burden triggered by a combination of insufficient investments in malaria programs. This requires urgent action and collective response, in advancing malaria-specific targets of the Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage.
The World Malaria Day 25th April, 2019 campaign calls for more individual and collective hope that emphasizes increasing country effectiveness of investments and improved cooperation and resilience of key players among the private and public sectors and community actors. The goal is to expand access to – and coverage uptake of – malaria preventive and control measures, quality-assured diagnostics and treatment, and implementation of community resilience strategies against malaria resurgence and outbreak threats.
World Malaria Day provides another opportunity for focused and coordinated action including raising awareness and education outreach in understanding of malaria as a global scourge and impact on the most vulnerable populations and global community. Advocating and implementing a “Zero malaria starts with me” culture and practice strategies requires further operational research and mitigation activities towards eliminating malaria in various vulnerable communities.
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