World Malaria Day is celebrated every year on 25th April all across the globe with an aim to raise mass awareness about malaria and ensure the required treatment or preventive measures to people who need them. This WHO observance day is a global effort to eradicate malaria as soon as possible. Now the whole world is grappling to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Malaria Day underscores the importance of working towards existing communicable diseases like malaria alongside our battle against the novel coronavirus, which is overburdening the health care systems of every country. The World Malaria Day is a call to action for everyone, us and our leaders to strengthen our arsenal against this potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease while fighting other emerging health dangers. 25th April 2019 marks the 12th anniversary of the World Malaria Day.
While Covid-19 is a major health threat, it’s critical to maintain malaria prevention and treatment programmes,” said the WHO’s Africa director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti. “The new modeling shows deaths could exceed 700,000 this year alone. We haven’t seen mortality levels like that in 20 years. We must not turn back the clock.”
We must do all we can to ensure malaria prevention doesn’t get disrupted, or the knock-on effects will be grave
James Whiting, Malaria No More
In 2018, 94% of global deaths from malaria occured in sub-Saharan Africa.
The WHO said it was crucial for programmes to continue focusing on preventative treatment for pregnant women and children.
The organisation has previously warned that Covid-19 could have secondary impacts if restrictions imposed to stop its spread led to other diseases killing more people. It has called on countries to accelerate anti-malaria campaigns while coronavirus cases across Africa remain relatively low.