8th May, 2018: World Malaria Day is being observed today at Diyun. A public awareness rally is also being conducted to spread awareness in the town area to spread awareness about by District Health Society (NVBDCP).
Though World Malaria Day is observed on April 25 every year to recognise the global effort to control malaria and also to spread awareness about the around the world but at Diyun it was observed today. The theme for this year’s Malaria Day is ‘Ready to beat Malaria’ and emphasises the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community that is uniting all around the world to curb the disease and working towards the common goal to making the world malaria free. Moreover, the theme brings forward not only the progress achieved in the past years but also to call out the worrying trends that have been noted. As per the World Malaria Report that was released in November 2017, there were 216 million cases of malaria in 2016 whereas in 2015 211 million cases were reported.
Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. It is a preventable and curable disease and yet the global burden of this disease is very high. According to the latest “World Malaria Report”, released in November 2017, there were 216 million cases of malaria in 2016, up from 211 million cases in 2015. The estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 445 000 in 2016, a similar number to the previous year (446 000).
According to the 2017 World Malaria Report, the present global response to the disease is at a fix. The report states that after an exceptional success in the past years, the progress in malaria control around the world has stalled. Moreover, the present pace of progress is insufficient to achieve the 2020 milestones of the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria, where the targets call for a 40 per cent reduction in malaria case incidence and death rates.