World Malaria Day 2017
Today is World Malaria Day. This year’s theme is “End Malaria for Good.”
World Malaria Day provides a platform to advocate for continued investment and commitment for the prevention and control of malaria. This year, the WHO is highlighting the importance of malaria prevention in particular.
Malaria continues to kill more than 500,000 people annually, but through global efforts, progress has been made. As of 2015, 53 percent of the population in sub-sSaharan Africa – where malaria rates are high – slept under treated nets made to keep malaria-carrying mosquitos out. This is a jump of 23 percent from 2010. In addition, in 20 African countries, malaria prevention treatment for pregnant women rose five-fold in the same timeframe.
There is still a long way to go before malaria is gone for good, however. This World Malaria Day, learn more about what you can do to help, or support the cause directly through our Malaria High Impact Fund.