World Malaria Day 2017: End Malaria For Good
Today is World Malaria Day. Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes.
About half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria, particularly those in lower-income countries. According to WHO, It infects more than 500 million people each year and kills more than one million people. However, Malaria is preventable and curable.
This year’s theme is “End Malaria For Good”. WHO is shining a spotlight on prevention. On a global scale, new malaria cases fell by 21% between 2010 and 2015, Malaria death rates fell by 29% in the same 5-year period. The goal is to get a 40% reduction in malaria cases and deaths by 2020.
WHO is calling on malaria-affected countries and their development partners to boost investments in malaria prevention to help speed up the progress of this target.