Each year the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights World Malaria Day as a way of getting a key message out about malaria. This year the key message is: ‘Ready to beat malaria’.
The main points of this key message are:
- There continues to be a commitment within the global malaria community to make the world malaria free.
- The 2017 World Malaria report highlights areas where great progress has been made towards eradication whilst also showing areas where disease has worsened.
- Current progress is insufficient to meet the 2020 goal of 40% reduction in malaria incidence and death rates.
Countries with on-going transmission fall into two categories:
- Those heading towards elimination.
- Those with a high burden of disease and significant increases in disease.
The WHO is also calling for greater investment in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of malaria.