World Malaria Day – April 25, 2013

World Malaria Day

Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria

World Malaria Day started in 2007 and is commemorated on April 25, the date in 2000 when 44 African leaders met in Abuja, Nigeria, and committed their countries to cutting malaria-related deaths. The movement has saved approximately 1.1 million lives globally, decreasing malaria mortality by nearly 25% globally.

What is Malaria?

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and flu-like illness. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications and die. In 2010 an estimated 216 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide and 655,000 people died, most (91%) in the African Region.

Malaria 1

Can it be cured?

Malaria is preventable and curable. Significant progress has been made since 2000 thanks to increased global investment and action. Despite recent progress, about half the world’s population still lives in malaria risk areas and malaria remains a leading cause of death amongst young children.

 

Video on the history of malaria and attempts to fight it:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/12/13/167188333/herbs-and-empires-a-brief-animated-history-of-malaria-drugs

 

What is the United States doing to help?

The CDC supports global malaria efforts through the President’s Malaria Initiative, a U.S. government interagency initiative to reduce malaria incidence and mortality in 19 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and in the Greater Mekong Subregion in Asia. This effort has helped deliver millions of insecticide-treated mosquito nets, antimalarial drugs, and rapid diagnostic test kits to ensure that everyone at risk for malaria has access to life-saving prevention and treatment. In addition, CDC conducts research globally to increase knowledge about malaria and develop safe, effective interventions that can lead to the elimination and eventual eradication of malaria.

 

What is this year’s theme?

Despite the successes, an estimated 660,000 malaria-related deaths occurred worldwide in 2010 (1). For 2013, the theme of World Malaria Day is “Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria,” which serves as a reminder of the ultimate goal.

 

What can you do to take action? Malaria 101

A free accredited Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) course is available to help you gain knowledge about the disease and how to combat it:

http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/cme/malaria/index.html

 

Excellent article on combating Malaria, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2012/apr/25/world-malaria-day-overseas-aid

Malaria 2

 

Links:

http://www.who.int/campaigns/malaria-day/2013/en/

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6215a5.htm?s_cid=mm6215a5_e

http://www.rollbackmalaria.org/worldmalariaday/

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