World Malaria Day is a worldwide effort, to raise awareness of Malaria and funds for the treatment and prevention of malaria. The day works to highlight the need for better political intervention in malaria control and prevention. The day also marks the continuing great achievements in the fight against Malaria.
The world has made significant progress against malaria, saving millions of lives. Although, half of the world is still at risk of dying from this preventable, treatable disease. According to WHO, every year there are more than 200 million new cases of malaria, a preventable and treatable disease, and the estimated number of malaria deaths in 2017, at 435 000, has remained virtually unchanged over the previous years
Urgent action is needed to get the global response to malaria back on track – and ownership of the challenge lies in the hands of countries most affected by malaria. This year’s theme for World Malaria Day is ‘Zero Malaria Starts with Me’ . This campaign will empower individuals across the world to make a commitment to saving more lives, and help communities and economies improve by ending malaria. This global movement seeks to re-energise the fight to eliminate the disease.
Did you know: The Nobel Prize has been awarded to at least 6 discoveries related to malaria. The latest was to Tu Youyou who discovered artemisinin, a substance which inhibits the malaria parasite. She tested the medicine on herself: it now saves countless lives every year.
Malaria still kills a child every two minutes. No child should die because they cannot access life-saving services to prevent, detect & treat the disease. With renewed focus and commitment, we can be the generation to end one of the oldest and deadliest diseases in human history.
By Dammy Eneli