The WHO African Region continues to bear the brunt of the global burden of malaria. In 2012, 80% of the estimated 207 million malaria cases worldwide were in the African Region. In the same year, 90% of the estimated 627 000 global malaria deaths occurred in Africa. Malaria continues to have a severe socioeconomic impact on our populations. It is one of the causes of household poverty because it results in absenteeism from the daily activities of productive living and income generation. Malaria also continues to prevent many school children from attending school due to illness, diminishing their capacity to realise their full potential.

The last decade witnessed unprecedented progress in malaria prevention and control in the African Region. Between the years 2000 and 2012, malaria mortality rates among children under-five years of age declined by 54 %. During the same period, malaria death rates decreased by 49% in the population and by 54% among children under-five years of age. Notwithstanding these gains, much more needs to be done to sustain these gains and accelerate progress towards achieving national and regional malaria targets.

The objectives of the Malaria Programme are to

  • reduce mortality due to malaria
  • reduce malaria morbidity
  • maintain malaria free areas
  • expand areas where malaria is controlled and
  • reduce the adverse health and socio-economic consequences due to malaria.

The Programme carries out the below:

  • Provides normative guidance and generic tools to member states and strengthen human resource capacity for intensifying Malaria prevention and control efforts towards attainment of global, regional and national goals and targets.
  • To support member states in accessing and managing additional resources (including anti-malarials, Long Lasting Insecticide-Treated Nets, diagnostics and other commodities) from global, regional and national partnerships for malaria prevention and control.
  • To provide technical support to countries for accelerating and scaling up cost-effective interventions such as Long Lasting Insecticide-Treated Nets, Indoor Residual Spraying, Malaria In Pregnancy/Intermittent Preventive Treatment in pregnancy, Case management, Epidemic Preparedness and Response
  • To provide technical support to member states for strengthening procurement & supply management systems and laboratory services and networks.
  • To support member states to strengthen surveillance, monitoring and evaluation systems for malaria prevention and control
  • To strengthen capacity for the conduct of operational research for evidence-based decision making.

Related Links:

  1. WHO Global Malaria Programme
    The WHO Global Malaria Programme
  2. Roll Back Malaria Partnership
    To provide a coordinated global approach to fighting malaria, the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership was launched in 1998 by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank.

    The RBM Partnership has expanded exponentially since its launch and is now made up of a wide range of partners — including malaria-endemic countries, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions — who bring a formidable assembly of expertise, infrastructure and funds into the fight against the disease.

  3. Malaria - Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO)
    Highlights on Malaria in the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO)
  4. WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) Roll Back Malaria
  5. Malaria in the Americas - Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
  6. Malaria, other vectorborne and parasitic diseases - WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO)
  7. Malaria in the European Region - WHo Regional Office for Europe (EURO)
  8. US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)
  9. East African Network for Monitoring Antimalarial Treatment (ENMAT)
  10. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Malaria
  11. Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Africa (MACEPA)
  12. Malaria Consortium
  13. The Central Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (CARN)
  14. USAID Infectious Diseases - Malaria
  15. The World Bank Booster Programme for Malaria Control in Africa
  16. WHO Special Programme for Research on Tropical Diseases (TDR) - Malaria