25th April 2020 is observed as World Malaria Day to recognise the global efforts made to control malaria and to commemorate the Africa Malaria Day. It is one of the eight official global public health campaigns recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The theme of World Malaria Day 2020 is “Zero Malaria Starts with Me”.
i.World Malaria Day was established in May 2007 to educate about Malaria on a global scale.
ii.World Malaria Day in the past two decades made progress in saving and preventing the malaria infection which threatens the poor and vulnerable and has the potential to resurface in the time of public health crisis.
iii.On World Malaria Day the WHO joins the RBM partnership to end malaria to mobilize the actions and resources to forge consensus among the partners including the malaria endemic countries.
iv.The RBM partnership is a global platform to organise actions against malaria launched in 1998 by WHO, UNICEF, UNDP and World Bank.
Malaria is a disease caused by plasmodium parasites transmitted by female mosquitoes.
Symptoms– Fever, vomiting, headache
Complications– Yellow skin, seizures, coma
Preventions– mosquito nets, repellents and medication.