World Malaria Day (WMD) is observed on April 25 every year globally. The day aimed at taking urgent action in the control of the deadly disease.
Malaria is a life-threatening disease that is caused by the bites of infected mosquitoes.
It is the Female Anopheles mosquitoes who spread the Plasmodium parasite through their saliva, which causes malaria.
However, it is a preventable and treatable infectious disease. Many countries in the world, including Nigeria, are already working towards it.
Between 2000 and 2014, the number of malaria-related deaths fell by 40% worldwide, the world has made historic progress against malaria, saving millions of lives.
World Malaria Day 2021: Theme
The theme of World Malaria Day 2021 is “Reaching the zero malaria target.” This year, WHO and partners will mark World Malaria Day by celebrating the achievements of countries that are approaching and achieving malaria elimination.
They provide inspiration for all nations that are working to stamp out this deadly disease and improve the health and livelihoods of their populations.
World Malaria Day: History
The idea of World Malaria Day was developed from Africa Malaria Day.
The Africa Malaria day is basically an event that has been observed by African governments since 2001, first held in 2008.
In 2007, at the 60th session of the World Health Assembly, a meeting sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO) proposed that Africa Malaria Day be changed to World Malaria Day.
It will help to identify the existence of malaria in countries worldwide and will also help to bring awareness among people globally to fight against malaria.