World Malaria Day

World Malaria Day today

MNA Feature Desk: The World Malaria Day is being observed today across the globe to raise awareness of malaria and generate support for the fight against this preventable and treatable disease, reported news agency.

This year’s theme is, “Ready to Beat Malaria”. The theme underscores the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community in uniting around the common goal of a world free of malaria.

This year’s World Malaria Day coincides with activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of WHO. Over the last 7 decades, WHO has been providing support to countries to fight malaria.

“Ready to beat malaria” is the theme of this year’s day. The theme underscores the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community in uniting around the common goal of achieving a malaria-free world.

Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. It is a preventable and curable disease and yet the global burden of this disease is very high. According to the latest “World Malaria Report”, released in November 2017, there were 216 million cases of malaria in 2016, up from 211 million cases in 2015.

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