Double malaria control efforts - Group urges Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya

World Malaria Day 2018 Theme Significance & Who are at Risk

World Malaria Day 2018 Theme Significance & Who are at Risk

In 2016, there were 216 million cases of malaria, and 445 000 malaria-related deaths worldwide.

World Malaria Day is celebrated every year on April 25. "However, we have the tools to beat malaria - and we will - with the partnership and action called for at the January meeting of African and world leaders in Addis Ababa", said Jacqueline Weekers, IOM's Director of Migration Health.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

IOM now supports malaria programming across dozens of countries globally, often with the support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Incidence of deadly form of falciparum malaria has been remarkably reduced over the last five years.

The executive secretary also said that malaria cases went up in a number of countries in 2016 in Africa.

Travelers to sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia have the greatest risk of contracting malaria, however all travelers to countries where malaria is present may be at risk for infection.

World Health Organization figures show that there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria in 91 countries in 2016, representing an increase of 5 million cases compared to the previous year. The Global Fund has provided support of more than 100 million USA dollar over the last five years to implement malaria grant. The neighbouring Dak Lak and Dak Nong reported 89 and 78 cases, representing 1.6-fold and 0.3-fold increases, respectively.

Malaria is a life-threatening disease transmitted by parasites contained in the bite of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. Progress appears to have stalled in the global fight against the disease.

"Qatar is free from locally acquired malaria".

As part of its support to the Federal and State Governments in the fight against the scourge of malaria, Superior pharmaceuticals in commemoration of the World Malaria Day plans to distribute free malaria drugs to 20 million Nigerians nationwide.

The NIAID also is pursuing research on malaria vaccines that could serve a critical role in future malaria control efforts.

The federal and provincial governments are spending many resources for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria. It stresses the need to accelerate efforts to defeat malaria because malaria has remained a major public health and development challenge especially in Africa.

Malaria can be prevented by mosquito control measures like preventing water stagnation and spraying insecticides in mosquito breeding sites Use of mosquito nets, mosquito repellant creams and wearing fully covered clothes are simple steps but effective steps for controlling malaria.

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