World Malaria Day is an annual observance held on 25 April around the world to promote and to educate the people about the global efforts of the treatment and prevention from Malaria worldwide. The day works to point out the need for great political interference in malaria control and prevention. This day also highlights the tremendous ongoing efforts in the fight against Malaria.
History of World Malaria Day
World Health Assembly was first initiated World Malaria Day in May 2007. The purpose of this event is to established to provide “education and understanding of malaria” and to support one another’s efforts and to learn from other’s experience and to spread information about to control strategies of malaria and as well as community-based activities for malaria prevention and treatment in certain areas.
Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transferred to people’s body through the mosquitoes bites. About half of the world’s population is at the endangering of malaria, especially those who are lived in rural areas and lower-income countries. According to the World Health Organization, more than one million people around the world are killed by malaria and above 500 million people fall prey to malaria. However, Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease.
In Africa, the Africa Malaria Day starting in 2001 preceding to the establishment of World Malaria Day. The Africa Malaria Day also celebrated on 25 April every year.
What do People do on this Day?
On World Malaria Day all organizations like the United Nations World Health Organization play an essential role in promoting and supporting of this day by guiding and organizing authority for health. Governments and non-government organizations, communities, and individuals also promote the day by organizing various events and activities on this day.
Many fund contribution events are held to support the prevention, treatment, and control of malaria. Many people, as well as commercial businesses, used this opportunity to donate funds to people who are at risk of malaria. Media is also promoting and supporting this day and educate people about malaria by using World Malaria Day. Many newspapers, magazines, websites about this, additionally television and radio also raise awareness in people. This day allows corporations to all organizations around the world to work together to bring awareness to malaria and advocate for policy changes.
Themes of World Malaria Day
On World Malaria Day every year has a specific theme that they focus on them. These are listed below:
- In 2008; “Malaria, a disease without borders.”
- In 2009-10; “Counting malaria out.”
- In 2011; “Achieving Progress and Impact about malaria.”
- In 2012; “Sustain Gains, Save of Lives and Invest in Malaria”
- In 2013-15; “Invest in the future: defeat malaria.”
- In 2016-17; “End Malaria For Good”
- In 2018; “Ready to beat malaria.”
These are some past year themes which they are work on it.
Is it Public Holiday?
The United Nation’s World Malaria Day is an annual observance and not a public holiday. Public life is not affected by this day.
The new technologies for treatment and modern medicines decreased the disease of malaria. In between 2010 to 2015, 21% the disease of malaria is lessened, and in the same period, the malaria death rate also decreases by 29%. World Malaria Day also allows new donors to join in global prejudice against malaria, and for analysis and academic organizations to reveal scientific progress to the public. The continued awareness in people and prevention from malaria, as well as the increase to eradicate the disease and prevent deaths from it on World Malaria Day.