World Malaria Day is commemorated each year on April 25. This year’s theme, “End malaria for good,” serves as a reminder of both the challenge and of our ultimate goal.
The massive scale-up of effective malaria prevention and control interventions in recent years has increased access to insecticide-treated bed nets and accurate malaria diagnostic testing and treatment. These efforts have resulted in more than 6.2 million lives saved since 2000, and a steady decline in the number of malaria cases and in the malaria mortality rate (a 48% reduction) worldwide. However, there is still work to be done. Approximately 3.2 million people are still at risk for of malaria, and about 200 million cases of malaria are reported annually, accounting for 438,000 deaths in 2015. New tools and approaches are needed to sustain progress in malaria control and lead toward elimination.
CDC supports global malaria control efforts through the President’s Malaria Initiative, a U.S. government interagency initiative led by USAID and co-implemented with CDC, to reduce malaria incidence and mortality in 19 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and in the Greater Mekong Subregion in Asia. PMI has helped deliver millions of insecticide-treated mosquito nets, antimalarial drugs, and rapid diagnostic test kits to ensure that persons at risk for malaria will have access to life-saving prevention and treatment. CDC also supports global malaria control efforts through conducting multidisciplinary strategic and applied research globally to increase knowledge about malaria and develop safe, effective interventions that can further reduce death and illness and will be needed to eliminate malaria.
Additional information regarding CDC’s malaria activities is available at www.cdc.gov/malaria. Information on the President’s Malaria Initiative is available at www.pmi.gov.
How CDC is commemorating World Malaria Day
CDC joins the rest of the malaria community in commemorating World Malaria Day to help raise awareness about malaria and the potential to build on the tremendous progress to date to “end malaria for good.”
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