22 Apr 2016

Every year, April 25 marks World Malaria Day—an opportunity to reflect on progress made in combating the parasitic disease and to look ahead to ways to accelerate the quest to eliminate and ultimately eradicate this scourge. The theme this year—End Malaria for Good—underlines the urgent need to build on past accomplishments while committing to increased investments in new and innovative strategies and tools. 

  • Events have been held around the world to mark World Malaria Day. Read more 
  • A possible first malaria vaccine is moving closer to joining the battle against the parasitic disease. Read more in this blog by Dr. David C. Kaslow, PATH Vice President of Product Development.
  • Learn more about the perspective of those directly involved in the Phase 3 trials of RTS,S. Read more
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) recently gave the green light to pilot implementations of the malaria vaccine candidate RTS,S in three to five African countries. Read more

Malaria facts: (based on WHO estimates)

  • There were 214 million new cases of malaria worldwide in 2015.
  • Africa accounts for roughly 88 percent of global malaria cases.
  • There were an estimated 438,000 malaria deaths worldwide in 2015.
  • Most of the global malaria deaths—90 percent—occur in Africa.
  • Children under five are especially susceptible to malaria.
  • Malaria killed an estimated 306,000 children younger than five globally, including 292,000 children from Africa in 2015.
  • Since 2010, 60 of the 78 countries that monitor insecticide resistance have reported mosquito resistance to at least one insecticide used in nets and indoor spraying.
  • Between 2000 and 2015, new malaria cases fell by 37 percent globally, and by 42 percent in Africa.
  • Between 2010 and 2015, malaria deaths fell by 60 percent globally and by 66 percent in Africa.