World Malaria Day is celebrated on April 25 of every year. The day gives people a chance to promote the efforts made to prevent and reduce malaria. World Malaria Day is one of the eight official world health campaigns marked by WHO, along with World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day (March 24), World No Tobacco Day (May 31), World Health Day (April 7), World Blood Donor Day (June 14), World AIDS Day (December 1), and World Hepatitis Day (July 28). Around the world, nearly 3.3 billion people are at risk of malaria. Hence the day promotes or learns about the efforts which are made to reduce and prevent disease around the world.
“Malaria is a disease that kills one to three million people a year. 300 to 500 million cases are reported. It’s estimated that Africa loses about 13 billion dollars a year to the disease. Five dollars can save a life. We can send people to the moon; we can see if there’s life on Mars – why can’t we get five-dollar nets to 500 million inhabitants?” – Jacqueline Novogratz
History of World Malaria Day
In May 2007, the 60th session of the World Health Assembly created World Malaria Day. The day is designed to provide “education and understanding of malaria” and to spread information on “year-long intensified implementation of national malaria-control strategies, including community-based activities for malaria prevention and treatment in endemic areas.” Before the establishment of World Malaria Day, Africa Malaria Day was celebrated on April 25 which began in 2001, one year after the signing of the Historical Abuja Declaration by 44 malaria-endemic countries at the African Summit on Malaria. malaria.” parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of mosquitoes which are infected. According to the reports of the World Health Organisation (WHO), nearly 500 million people per year were infected and almost 1 million p[eople per year were died due to Malaria. World Malaria Day allows multinational organizations and grassroots groups to work together to bring more awareness to malaria and advocate for policy changes.
Themes of World Malaria Day
The themes of previous World Malaria Day are as follows
- 2008 – “Malaria: a disease without borders.”
- 2009 – “Counting malaria out.”
- 2010 – “Counting malaria out.”
- 2011 – “Achieving Progress and Impact.”
- 2012 – “Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria.”
- 2013 – “Invest in the future: defeat malaria.”
- 2014 – “Invest in the future: defeat malaria”
- 2015 – “Invest in the future: defeat malaria.”
- 2016 – “End Malaria For Good.”
- 2017 – “End Malaria For Good.”
- 2018 – “Ready to Beat Malaria.”
- 2019 – “Zero Malaria Starts with Me.”
- 2020 – “Zero malaria starts with me.”
- 2021 – “Zero Malaria – Draw the Line Against Malaria”
- 2022 – “Harness innovation to reduce the malaria disease burden and save lives.”
Other Celebrations on April 25
April 25 is also celebrated as
How to celebrate the day
Celebrate the day by spreading awareness among the people about Malaria and how to prevent it. Some people, as well as the commercial businesses and non-profit organizations, will use the day as a chance to donate money towards key malaria interventions. You can use #WorldMalariaDay to spread awareness on Social Media.
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