World Malaria Day

World Malaria Day

Nobody wants to get infected with this mosquito-borne infectious disease. To save our friends, families, and children all over the world, let’s start raising awareness to the world reminding people regarding this type of disease. World Malaria Day celebrates every year on the 25th of April to recognise global efforts to control malaria. The reason why World Malaria Day is held is because of two things, 3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk with this disease and the cause of death reaches an estimated 627,000 in 2012, mostly among African Children. Other continents such as Asia, Latin America, and to a lesser extent the Middle East and parts of Europe are also effected. Especially in Indonesia, at the island of Papua and West Papua, the parasite incidence reached the most out of all the other islands in Indonesia from 2012 – 2015. The prevalence of malaria that affected the population of Papua & West Papua are mostly farmers, fishermen, and labourers from the age of 25 – 34. This means that there is a high probability for people in a productive age to get infected with malaria through mosquito bites outside their homes. In 2015, the global tally of malaria reached 429,000 malaria deaths and 212 million cases. The rate of new malaria cases fell by 21 per cent globally between the year 2010 and 2015, and malaria death rates fell by 29 per cent in the same period. However, in sub-Saharan Africa, a case incidence and rates fell by 21 per cent and 31 per cent. That is where the World Health Organisation during the 60th session of World Health Assembly establishing the World Malaria Day help to raise awareness of the disease and to provide “education and understanding of malaria” and spread information on “year-long intensified implementation of national malaria-control strategies, including community- based activities for malaria prevention and treatment in endemic areas” with the different themes every year on the 25th of April due to Africa Malaria Day that was held in the same date in 2001. The annual event was signed by 44 malaria-endemic countries at the African Summit on Malaria. World Malaria Day 2018 will ask people around world with the theme “Ready to beat Malaria?”, let’s educate people around the world about Malaria how to prevent such a disease in order to save family, friends, as well as children importantly.

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