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World Malaria Day

World Malaria Day gives people the chance to promote or learn about the efforts made to prevent and reduce Malaria around the world. It is observed on April 25 each year.

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Good healthcare is important to prevent and treat diseases such as Malaria.

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What Do People Do?

Organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), which is the United Nations’ (UN) directing and coordinating authority for health, actively play a role in promoting and supporting World Malaria Day. The activities and events that take place on or around World Malaria Day are often joint efforts between governments, non-government organizations, communities and individuals. Countries that have been involved in actively participating in World Malaria Day include (but are not exclusive to):

  • Belgium.
  • Denmark.
  • Ethiopia.
  • Cameroon.
  • Germany
  • Mozambique.
  • Switzerland.
  • Uganda.
  • United States.
  • Zambia

Many people, as well as commercial businesses and not-for-profit organizations, will use the day as an opportunity to donate money towards key malaria interventions. Many fundraising events are held to support the prevention, treatment and control of malaria. Some people may also use the observance to write letters or petitions to political leaders, calling for greater support towards protecting and treating people who are at risk of malaria. Many newspapers, websites, and magazines, as well as television and radio stations, may use World Malaria Day as the chance to promote or publicize awareness campaigns about malaria.

Public Life

World Malaria Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. About half of the worlds’ population is at risk of malaria, particularly those in lower-income countries. It infects more than 500 million people each year and kills more than one million people, according to WHO. However, Malaria is preventable and curable.

The World Health Assembly instituted World Malaria Day in May 2007. The purpose of the event is to give countries in affected regions the chance to learn from each other’s experiences and support one another’s efforts. World Malaria Day also enables new donors to join in a global partnership against malaria, and for research and academic institutions to reveal scientific advances to the public. The day also gives international partners, companies and foundations a chance to showcase their efforts and reflect on how to scale up what has worked.

External Link

WHO Information on World Malaria Day

World Malaria Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010SunApr 25World Malaria DayUnited Nations observance
2011MonApr 25World Malaria DayUnited Nations observance
2012WedApr 25World Malaria DayUnited Nations observance
2013ThuApr 25World Malaria DayUnited Nations observance
2014FriApr 25World Malaria DayUnited Nations observance
2015SatApr 25World Malaria DayUnited Nations observance
2016MonApr 25World Malaria DayUnited Nations observance
2017TueApr 25World Malaria DayUnited Nations observance
2018WedApr 25World Malaria DayUnited Nations observance
2019ThuApr 25World Malaria DayUnited Nations observance
2020SatApr 25World Malaria DayUnited Nations observance

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