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World Malaria Day – April 25

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World Malaria Day is being observed on April 25 every year

Aim: To spread the awareness of Malaria and explains that is preventable and curable.

Theme for the year: End Malaria for Good

Various programmes are being organised across the world to mark the day

21 Nations could be Malaria free by 2020 – World Health Organisation reported

World Health Organisation reported that 21 nations including Six African region and four of India’s Neighbouring countries: Bhutan, China, Nepal and Malaysia could be free from Malaria by the year 2020 and the same published on World Malaria Day.

WHO’s 2016-2030 Programme – Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030

Goals: To alleviate the Malaria in atleast 10 countries by 2020 and achieve the target, a country must target atleast one year of zero indigenous case.World Malaria Day - April 25

  • The Programme was approved by World Health Assembly in 2015 that is working towards alleviation of local transmission of Malaria in atleast 10 nations by 2020

WHO Reports

21 countries such as Algeria, Belize, Bhutan, Botswana, Caboverde, China, Comoros, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Iran, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Suriname, Swaziland and Timor-Leste where the WHO estimated to achieve the goals to lessen the burden of the disease is heaviest.

  • Half of the world’s population remains at risk of Malaria and in 2015, 214 new cases were reported in 95 countries and more than 400 000 people died of Malaria
  • Global Technical Strategy would require global and domestic funding $2.5 billion in 2016 to estimated $8.7 billion annually by 2030.

Indian Council of Medical Research joint venture with Sun Pharma for research in preventive health

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Mumbai based Sun Pharma have joined into an agreement for research and innovation in preventive health

Announced by Union Health Minister JP Nadda
Venue: New Delhi at a function on the occasion of World Malaria Day

Points delivered by Minister about features of the agreement:

  • Progressive steps to strengthen health research
  • India’s first PPP (Public Private Partnership) research
  • Jointly conduct research and Development of Medical products such as Drugs, biosimilars and Vaccines
  • Disease Control and Elimination Progress and collaborate in disease surveillance
  • Development of improved medicines for infectious and chronic diseases.

Sun Pharma

  • Indian multinational pharmaceutical company
  • Manufactures and sells pharmaceutical formulations and active pharmaceutical ingredients majorly in India and the United States.

Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra

Indian Council of Medical Research

  • Introduction: Formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research
  • Funded by: The Government of India – the Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
  • Secretary & Director General: Soumya Swaminathan
  • Headquarters: New Delhi