World Malaria Day 2013

Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria

World Malaria Day buttonEvery year, April 25 marks World Malaria Day—a day to reflect on progress made in combating the disease and to look ahead to ways to accelerate the quest to eliminate and ultimately eradicate this scourge. The theme this year—Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria—expresses the importance of building on past accomplishments while committing to further investments in new and innovative strategies and tools. While sustaining financial support has become more difficult in today's economic environment, it is crucial to ensure that the strides made against malaria to date are not rolled back.

Events were held around the world to commemorate World Malaria Day. Find out more about these events.

Read a statement on World Malaria Day by MVI's director.

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  • Malaria kills more than 650,000 people a year worldwide.
  • Malaria mortality rates decreased by 26% worldwide between 2000 and 2010.
  • Globally, an estimated 3.3 billion people were at risk of malaria in 2011, with populations living in sub-Saharan Africa having the highest risk.
  • Every 60 seconds, a child in Africa dies from malaria.
  • There were 174 million estimated cases of malaria in Africa in 2010.
  • The 14 countries with the highest malaria burden account for an estimated 80% of malaria deaths.
  • More than 60 countries have identified mosquito resistance to at least one insecticide used for malaria control.

For more information, see: World Health Organization. 2012. World malaria report. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization.

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