25 April 2012

World Malaria Day 2012 - "Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria"

World Malaria Day is commemorated every year on 25 April and recognizes global efforts to control malaria. In 2010, about 3.3 billion people - almost half of the world's population - were at risk of malaria. Every year, this leads to about 216 million malaria cases and an estimated 655 000 deaths. 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.

The theme for World Malaria Day 2012 is therefore "Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria". The theme aims at you and me to understand the significance of the Malaria situation worldwide, but also at all the global, regional and national decision-makers and donors to keep Malaria on top of their priority lists. Despite the current economic climate, development aid needs to continue flowing to national malaria control programs to ensure widespread population access to life-saving and cost-effective interventions.

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