Cameroon today joins the world to commemorate the 2017 edition of world malaria day. This year’s global theme for World Malaria Day is End Malaria for Good.
World Malaria Day was proclaimed by the World Health Organization and gives people the chance to promote or learn about the efforts made to prevent and reduce Malaria around the world. It is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control, and a chance to shine a spotlight on the global effort to control malaria.
Malaria remains both a major cause and a consequence of global poverty and inequity. According to the World Malaria Report 2016, in 2015, there were 212 million new cases of malaria and 429,000 deaths. One child dies from malaria every two minutes.
Across sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease is heavily concentrated, a greater share of the population is sleeping under insecticide-treated nets. In 2015, an estimated 53% of the population at risk slept under a treated net compared to 30% in 2010. In 20 African countries, preventive treatment for pregnant woman increased five-fold between 2010 and 2015.
Although there has been a lot of progress, the pace must be greatly accelerated. To speed progress towards these global targets, WHO is calling on malaria-affected countries and their development partners to boost investments in malaria prevention.