Global Eradication of Malaria program: Wikipedia
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Toronto, Apr 25 (Canadian-Media): World Malaria Day is being observed today in conjunction with World Immunization Week 24-30 April, media reports said.
World Health Organization (WHO) technological advances in innovative new tools and vaccines, according to a news release, can to a large extent prevent of malaria in the future.
"WHO-recommended tools have made a measurable difference in the global malaria fight," said Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO. "But we need a much bigger push for prevention – especially in Africa, which bears the greatest burden of malaria."
Dr Margaret Chan (Ctre). Image credit of WHO
WHO recommends, in addition to diagnosis and treatment, preventive measures such as insecticide treated nets, spraying insecticides on indoor walls and preventive medicines for the most vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, under-fives and infants.
According to World Malaria Report 2016, between 2010 and 2015 the rate of new malaria cases fell by 21 percent globally but the disease still remains a major public health threat.
429 000 malaria deaths and 212 million new cases were reported in 2015, with death of one child from malaria every 2 minutes.
"Any death from malaria – a preventable and treatable disease – is simply unacceptable. Today we are urging countries and partners to accelerate the pace of action, especially in low-income countries with a high malaria burden," said Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of WHO’s Global Malaria Programme.
Reductions in malaria case incidence and deaths respectively between 2010-2015 reported by WHO are: 100 percent and 100 percent for Europe; 54 percent and 46 percent for South East Asia; 31 percent and 37 percent for Americas; 30 percent and 58 percent for Western Pacific; 21 percent and 31 percent for Africa; 11 percent and 6 percent for Eastern Mediterranean and 21 percent and 29 percent globally.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)