Feature Stories

Mothers in Malawi value the first malaria vaccine

In April 2019, Gilimbeta took her daughter Lusitana to a rural health facility on the outskirts of Lilongwe, Malawi, for vaccination. At the time, she did not realize that her infant daughter was being written into history:  the 5-month-old was the first child to receive the world’s first malaria vaccine (RTS,S/AS01 or RTS,S) as part of the WHO-coordinated Malaria Vaccine Implementation Programme.

Tackling malaria in Mali through stronger surveillance

How can numbers save lives? In three malaria-prone districts in central Mali, regular recording of cases is helping local health officials keep track of infection trends, but more importantly, they can now trigger an emergency response when the infection threshold is crossed and helping to curb potential large outbreaks.