World Malaria Day
25 April, 2021
World Malaria Day is to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control. Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. Symptoms include high fevers, shaking chills and a flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented. In 2018, the World Health Organization, estimated 228 million clinical cases of malaria and 405,000 deaths, mostly of children in Africa. Countries with malaria are among the poorer nations, the disease thus contributing to a cycle of disease and poverty. The RBM (Roll Back Malaria) Partnership to end malaria acts to keep malaria high on the political and development agenda, to promote and support regional approaches to fight malaria and to promote and advocate for sustainable financing at global and national levels.