World Malaria Day

A child dies every minute from malaria in Africa

This year’s global theme for World Malaria Day is End Malaria for Good

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.


Each year, WHO and partners unite around a common World Malaria Day theme. This year’s theme "End malaria for good" reflects the vision of a malaria-free world.

Although there has been a major decline in malaria cases and deaths in the African Region, significant challenges remain.

World Malaria Day offers an annual opportunity to highlight advances in malaria control and to commit to continued investment and action to accelerate progress against this deadly disease.

Message of the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, on World Malaria Day 2016

malaria-day-2015On 25 April 2015 the world commemorates World Malaria Day under the theme, “Invest in the future. Defeat malaria”. The theme highlights the need for increased financial and human resources, commodities and infrastructural investments to control and eliminate this life-threatening disease.

Malaria can be prevented or controlled through the use of long lasting insecticidal bed nets (LLINs), indoor residual spraying (IRS), preventive therapies for pregnant women, children under five and infants, as well as quality-assured diagnostic testing and treatment. Most malaria prone countries are still far from achieving universal coverage of these malaria interventions.

Regional Director’s Message on the occasion of World Malaria Day 2015

Feature story: A child dies every minute from malaria in Africa

amd2014Today, 25 April 2014, we commemorate World Malaria Day under the theme "Invest in the future: Defeat malaria." This theme is a rallying call for increased investment to accelerate action to defeat malaria. 

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.

Message of the Regional Director, Dr Luis G. Sambo, on the occasion of World Malaria Day 2014

Assessing the feasibility of eliminating malaria

On World Malaria Day (25 April), WHO is launching a manual to help countries to assess the technical, operational and financial feasibility of moving towards malaria elimination. The new guide, "From malaria control to malaria elimination: a manual for elimination scenario planning", will provide countries with a framework to assess different scenarios and timelines for moving towards elimination, depending on programme coverage and funding availability.

Note for media: WHO helps countries assess feasibility of eliminating malaria

Guide: From malaria control to malaria elimination

World Malaria Day was instituted by WHO Member States during the World Health Assembly of 2007. It is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control. It is also an opportunity:    for countries in affected regions to learn from each other's experiences and support each other's efforts;

  • for new donors to join a global partnership against malaria;
  • for research and academic institutions to flag scientific advances to both experts and the general public; and
  • for international partners, companies and foundations to showcase their efforts and reflect on how to further scale up interventions.

The theme for World Malaria Day 2013 and the coming years is: Invest in the future. Defeat malaria.


 malaria-mosquito-net-demoWorld Malaria Day will be commemorated on 25th of April 2012, under the theme "Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria".

The 2011 WHO World Malaria Report indicates that the African Region accounts for 81% of the malaria cases that occurred worldwide. Over 90% of the deaths attributable to the disease occur in the Region and 86% of these deaths are among children below five years of age. Pregnant women, people living with HIV and AIDS and victims of disasters are also particularly vulnerable to malaria.


Malaria, by its complexity involving health as well as environmental and socioeconomic determinants and consequences, relates to several of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Close to 90% of deaths due to malaria worldwide occur in Africa. The poor, children, pregnant women, people living with HIV/AIDS, victims of unrest and disasters and non-immune travelers are particularly vulnerable. World Malaria Day - which was instituted by the World Health Assembly at its 60th session in May 2007 - is a day for recognizing the global effort to provide effective control of malaria. It is an opportunity. The Theme of Malaria Day 2011 is World Malaria Day under the Theme: "Achieving Progress and Impact''. The slogan of the celebration for the WHO African Region is "Together, we can achieve more".