World Malaria Day 2023: Celebrated on April 25 to raise awareness about the global effort to control and ultimately eradicate malaria. World Malaria Day was first celebrated in 2008. It developed from African Malaria Day, an event that African governments had observed since 2001.
According to the WHO, malaria is a preventable disease. It is also treatable, but continues to have a devastating impact on the health and livelihoods of people around the world. In 2020, there were an estimated 241 million new cases of malaria and 627,000 malaria-related deaths in 85 countries. In fact, more than two-thirds of deaths occurred among children under 5 years of age living in the WHO African Region.
Malaria can be prevented and treated, but it still claims the lives of more than 600,000 people each year.
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— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO)
April 25, 2023
India, with the help of several strategic government interventions and innovative solutions, has made great strides towards its goal of eliminating malaria by 2030.
– Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya)
April 25, 2023
World Malaria Day raises awareness about the need to prevent, control and eliminate malaria. This day also marks continued great achievements in the fight against malaria. It is also necessary to educate the population to better understand the disease of malaria and how to cure it. Let us tell you that malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by Plasmodium parasites.
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World Malaria Day 2023: Theme
According to the WHO, the theme of World Malaria Day 2023 is “It’s time to achieve zero malaria: invest, innovate, implement.” Special emphasis will be placed on the third ‘i’ implementation to reach marginalized groups with current tools and methods.
The theme of World Malaria Day 2022 is “Harnessing innovation to reduce the burden of malaria disease and save lives.” There is no single tool available that will solve the current malaria problem. WHO is calling for investments and innovation that bring new vector control approaches, diagnostics, antimalarial drugs and other tools to accelerate the pace of progress against malaria.
The theme of World Malaria Day 2020 was “Zero Malaria Starts with Me”.
To end malaria, WHO joins the RBM Alliance to promote “Zero Malaria Starts with Me”. This is a grassroots campaign that aims to keep malaria high on the political agenda, mobilize additional resources and empower communities to take charge of malaria prevention and care.
According to the WHO, between 2000 and 2014, the number of malaria-related deaths fell by 40% worldwide, from about 743,000 to 446,000. WHO’s 2019 World Malaria Report says there were no global progress in reducing new infections during the period. 2014-2018. And in 2018 almost as many people died from malaria as the year before.
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World Malaria Day: History
World Malaria Day developed from Africa Malaria Day, which was first celebrated in 2008. It was basically an event that African governments had observed since 2001. They worked towards the goal of progress that aimed to control malaria and reduce its mortality in African countries.
At the 60th session of the World Health Assembly, a meeting sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2007 proposed that African Malaria Day be changed to World Malaria Day to identify the existence of malaria in countries around the world and create awareness among people globally. to fight the disease of malaria.
World Malaria Day also allows new donors to join a global partnership against malaria and academic and research institutions to reveal scientific advances to the public. The day also gives international partners, companies and foundations the opportunity to showcase their efforts and reflect on how to scale up what has worked.
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Facts about malaria
– Malaria is caused by plasmodium parasite. The parasite can be transmitted to humans through the bite of infected people. female anopheles mosquitoes called “malaria vectors.” When a mosquito bites, the parasite is released into the bloodstream.
– There are different types of Plasmodium parasites, but did you know that only five types of plasmodium cause malaria in humans. they are Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium vivax, P. ovale and Plasmodium malariae, and Plasmodium knowlesi.
– Plasmodium falciparum It is responsible for the majority of malaria deaths worldwide and is the most prevalent species in sub-Saharan Africa.
– Plasmodium vivax It is the second most important species and prevails in Southeast Asia and Latin America.
– Together P. vivax and Plasmodium ovale It causes a complication of an inactive liver stage and can be cured.
– Malaria is an acute febrile illness. Its symptoms usually appear between 10 and 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. In the initial stage, its symptoms are fever, headache and chilling effect.
– The main way to prevent and reduce malaria transmission is vector control, which consists of using insecticide-treated mosquito nets and indoor residual fumigation.
– Apply insect repellents such as cream, lotion, spray, etc., and avoid mosquito bites. Also, to do this, use protective clothing that covers arms and legs.
– Malaria is preventable and curable, and increased efforts are dramatically reducing the burden of malaria in many places.
Note: World Malaria Day is celebrated every year on April 25 to raise awareness among people around the world about the fight against malaria. It is strange but true that a child dies from malaria every 2 minutes. Source: WHO