World Malaria Day 2022, History and themes

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World Malaria Day 2022, History and themes
World Malaria Day 2022, History and themes

Introduction

• The World Malaria Day (WMD) is commemorated every year on 25 April.

• The day was established to recognizing the global efforts to control malaria and 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.”

Key facts

• In 2020, there were an estimated 241 million cases of malaria worldwide.

• Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. It is preventable and curable.

• The WHO African Region carries a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2020, the region was home to 95% of malaria cases and 96% of malaria deaths. Children under 5 accounted for about 80% of all malaria deaths in the Region.

• The estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 627 000 in 2020.

Source – World Health Organisation Key Facts

World Malaria Day History

Year 2001
• The concept of World Malaria Day derived from the Africa Malaria Day, that had been observed since 2001 by the government of Africa.

• The Africa Malaria Day focused on the controlling malaria and reducing its mortality in African countries.

Year 2007
• At the 60th session of the World Health Assembly meeting [organised by the World Health Organization (WHO
)], It was proposed that Africa Malaria day be changed to World Malaria day to recognize the existence of malaria worldwide and to bring greater awareness to the global fight against the disease.

Year 2008
• World Malaria Day was first observed in 2008.

Themes of World Malaria Day

• Theme of World Malaria Day 2008: “Malaria: a disease without borders

• Theme of World Malaria Day 2009-2010: “Counting malaria out”

• Theme of World Malaria Day 2011: “Achieving Progress and Impact”

• Theme of World Malaria Day 2012: “Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria”

• Theme of World Malaria Day 2013-2014-2015: “Invest in the future: defeat malaria”

• Theme of World Malaria Day 2016: “End Malaria For Good”

• Theme of World Malaria Day 2017: “LETS Close The Gap”

• Theme of World Malaria Day 2018: “Ready to beat malaria”

• Theme of World Malaria Day 2019-2020-2021: “Zero malaria starts with me”

World Malaria Day theme 2022

The theme of World Malaria Day 2022 is “Harness innovation to reduce the malaria disease burden and save lives.”

• Currently, we have no single tool available to solve the problem of malaria. That is why the World Health Organisation is calling for investments and innovation in the field of new technique, control approaches, diagnostics, antimalarial medicines and other tools that speed the pace of progress against malaria.

Frequently Asked Questions about World Malaria Day

Q1: When is world malaria day celebrated?

Answer: The World Malaria Day (WMD) is commemorated every year on 25 April.

Q2: What is the theme of the world Malaria day 2021?

Answer: Theme of World Malaria Day 2019-2020-2021: “Zero malaria starts with me”.

Q3: What is the theme of the World Malaria day 2022?

Answer: The theme of World Malaria Day 2022 is “Harness innovation to reduce the malaria disease burden and save lives.”

Q4: Why do we celebrate world malaria day?

Answer: The day was celebrated worldwide in recognizing the global efforts to control malaria and 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.”

Q5: The World Malaria day was started in which year?

Answer: World Malaria Day was first observed in 2008.

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