Malaria has been a major public health problem in India. Despite several challenges, India has made great progress in the past few decades toward eliminating malaria. Ending Malaria remains a top government priority in India and this is what makes World Malaria Day all the more important.
What is Malaria?
Malaria is an infectious disease caused by parasites of the Plasmodium group, spread through the bites of infected Anopheles mosquitoes. Malaria is preventable and curable, but still, its impact causes many deaths every year worldwide. Today marks World Malaria Day. This international day is a chance to call for increased investment in malaria control.
World Malaria Day is observed annually on 25 April, to bring global attention to the efforts being made to bring an end to malaria, and encourage action to reduce suffering and death from the disease.
World Malaria Day – Theme
The World Health Organisation (WHO) theme for 2022 is “Harness innovation to reduce the malaria disease burden and save lives.” The progress in fighting malaria has slowed in recent years, creating a need for a concerted effort in developing new control approaches, diagnostics, antimalarial medicines, and other tools.
By raising our voices together, we can make the strongest case for how increasing investments in malaria will rapidly drive down malaria cases and deaths in high burden countries, while continuing to hurry towards elimination in low burden countries. And, how working & fighting together we can #EndMalaria and achieve A MORE EQUAL WORLD.