Approximately half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria, particularly those living in lower-income countries. It infects more than 500 million people per year and kills more than 1 million. The burden of malaria is heaviest in sub-Saharan Africa but the disease also afflicts Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and even parts of Europe.
World Malaria Day was instituted by the World Health Assembly at its 60th session in May 2007 . It is a day for recognizing the global effort to provide effective control of malaria. Reducing the impact of malaria would significantly propel efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, agreed by every United Nations member state. These include not only the goal of combatting the disease itself, but also goals related to women’s and children’s rights and health, access to education and the reduction of extreme poverty. Click here to find out more.