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World Malaria Day 2024: 7 things you don't know about the disease

World Malaria Day 2024: World Malaria day is celebrated every year across the world to spread the word about the disease, its symptoms, and precautions

World Malaria Day 2024 is celebrated across the world on April 25th, 2024. Premium
World Malaria Day 2024 is celebrated across the world on April 25th, 2024.

World Malaria Day 2024: A vector borne disease, malaria, is highly prevalent in tropical countries due to rainy and humid weather. The disease is caused by mosquito bites. One of the most common symptoms of malaria is fever with shaking chills. Even though the disease is very common, proper hygiene and sanitation can prevent the spread of the disease.

World Malaria Day 2024: Theme for the year

This year's theme for World Malaria Day 2024 is “Accelarate the fight against malaria for a more equitable world". The day is celebrated across the world th 

The theme for this year is “Accelerate the fight against malaria for a more equitable world." The day is celebrated across the world to signify the efforts to end the disease from the root and spread awareness among people.

World Malaria Day 2024 theme extension of previous year's theme

This theme, which is in sync with this year's World Health Day theme -- "My Health, My Right" -- underscores the urgent need to address the stark inequities that persist in access to malaria prevention, detection and treatment services.

Most nations reporting death due to malaria

According to UNICEF data, four out of five malaria deaths are reported in African nations. The 15 countries with most number of deaths due to malraria are Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Mozambique, Ghana, Angola, Uganda, etc. 

How to prevent malaria infection?

One of the most effective measures to prevent malaria infection is sleeping under an insecticide-treated bed net (ITN).  According to UNICEF data 2016, nearly 54% of people at risk of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa used an insecticide-treated bed net to prevent malaria infection. 

Malaria is the third largest killer of children

Malaria is the third largest communicable disease which is killing children between the ages of one month and five years, after pneumonia and diarrhea. Nearly 300,000 children under the age of five die of malaria died in 2016 equivalent to nearly 800 young lives lost each day.

Global immunisation efforts 

The global immunisation efforts by the World Health Organisation (WHO) have saved nearly 154 million lieves in last five decades. Infants have emerged as the largest beneficiary of the immunisation effots. 

In a study published in the Lancet, WHO gave a comprehensive analysis of the impact of 14 vaccines used under the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI), which celebrates its 50th anniversary next month.

Thanks to these vaccines, "a child born today is 40 percent more likely to see their fifth birthday than a child born 50 years ago", WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters.

Malaria a significant risk to refugees, migrants 

Malaria is a bigger risk to refugees, migrants, internally displaced people and indigenous people, according to Saima Wazed, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia

"Malaria remains a significant public health challenge in our region, affecting nine out of eleven countries and accounting for a third of the global burden outside Africa," the WHO regional director for South-East Asia said.

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Published: 25 Apr 2024, 08:44 AM IST
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