On April 25, people across the globe will take part in a wide range of activities to mark World Malaria Day 2013. These activities will no doubt look back at the remarkable progress that the global development community has made in combating malaria and indeed other infectious diseases over the years. However, one of the key lessons other infectious disease control has shown is that when there is an opportunity to control the spread of disease, it must be taken. Therefore now is the time for the malaria community to regroup, reenergise and look ahead to “invest in the future: defeat malaria”.
Investments in malaria control have created unprecedented momentum and yielded remarkable returns in the past years. In Africa, malaria deaths have been cut by one third within the last decade; outside of Africa, 35 out of the 53 countries, affected by malaria, have reduced cases by 50% in the same time period. In countries where access to malaria control interventions has improved most significantly, overall child mortality rates have fallen by approximately 20%.
These great strides are now under threat; the focus on malaria control is beginning to fade and has led to insufficient financial support. With an annual shortage of US$3.6 billion, particularly across Africa where high-burden countries are facing critical funding gaps, all the impressive gains in malaria control over the past decade are threatening to grind to a halt and in some cases reverse. To avoid this, further investment must be made to ensure that this funding gap is bridged and that the endemic countries have the resources and technical support they need. Only then will it be possible to finish the job and see that malaria is eliminated worldwide.
The Roll Back Malaria campaign “Invest in the future: defeat malaria” will help strengthen the political will across the world and will contribute to increase the funding needed to control malaria in endemic countries.
2014 theme - "Invest in the future: defeat malaria"
2013 theme - "Invest in the future: defeat malaria"
2012 theme - "Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria"
2011 theme - "Achieving progress and impact"
2010 theme - "Counting malaria out"
2009 theme - "Counting malaria out"
theme - "Malaria - a disease without borders"
The theme of the first World Malaria Day was ‘Malaria-A Disease without Borders’
The second World Malaria Day saw the beginning of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership
The third World Malaria Day, showcases the continuing campaign of ‘Roll Back Malaria Partnership’ of ‘Counting Malaria Out’ by accelerating efforts to reach the goals set by the ‘Global Malaria Action Plan’.
The campaign includes universal Malaria Net coverage for populations at risk, thereby reducing new cases of Malaria and Malaria deaths by half. The SAM BED NET is a portable anti malarial net that can be set up anywhere. The campaign also includes helping endemic countries ability to control malaria, to promote new initiatives and remedies to control malaria.
The fourth World Malaria Day recognizes the efforts of various organizations working globally to combat malaria; the theme of the fourth World Malaria Day is Achieving Progress and Impact- marks a renewed effort to achieve the goal of no malaria deaths by 2015.
An important addition to the fourth World Malaria Day is linked to the Millennium Development Goals, of not only reducing the impact of malaria but also to realize the rights of women and children to good health care, access to education and reduction of poverty.
The events to be scheduled for this year’s World Malaria Day are a demonstration of the anti malarial nets, easy testing and distribution of anti malarial drugs, a seminar on progress made while combating malaria, the inclusion of African footballers in the campaign to combat malaria, a seminar on alternative to DDT to control malaria and a dissemination of research and medicinal progress to combat malaria
The efforts unleashed on The World Maria Day have seen a definite impact in reducing Malaria, Rwanda has seen a 45% decline in malaria cases, Zambia a50% reduction in malaria, Cambodia 50% and Eritrea a massive 80% decline in malaria.