April 25 is World Malaria Day, and it’s a big step in our fight against the mosquito-borne disease that causes thousands of deaths every year worldwide. Learn more about it and see how you can help!
It’s April 24, which means this day the world comes together to assess and plan against the deadly mosquito-borne disease of malaria. Every year there are over 400,000 deaths related to the disease transferred from mosquitoes to humans through their bite.
This is an important date focused on awareness and prevention. Mosquito elimination, distribution of vaccines, and country-scale elimination programs are vital and require a great deal of time and resources.
Although no country is safe from malaria, the condition affects the world’s most impoverished populations, where unchecked water sources and tropical heat cause the mosquito’s proliferation.
There are plenty of reasons to celebrate, though. Malaria has been eradicated in entire regions and in some cases entire countries. There’s a real possibility of ending with malaria once and for all, but for that, we must all play a part.
What can you do? For starters, we all must acknowledge this is not a foreign problem and that we should all know how to prevent malaria outbreaks. There are plenty of organizations that can help you, including the RBM Partnership to End Malaria. Education is an integral part of the fight against malaria, and so are eliminating poverty and unhealthy living conditions, especially in developing countries.
Malaria might be aggressive and deadly, but we have an excellent shot at eliminating it altogether. That’s what this critical day is about, so play your part this April 24.
History of World Malaria Day
The World Malaria Day, an international observance date that recognizes public and private groups’ efforts to control the deadly disease, was established in May 2007 by the 60th session of the World Health Assembly or WHO. The aim is both practical and educational and commemorates year-round efforts to fight and hopefully eradicate the mosquito-borne disease.
The disease is wreaking havoc mainly in Africa, where over 40 countries struggle with malaria outbreaks every year, but it also affects countries in Latin America, Southeast Asia and India. No country is immune to the threat, though, so fighting malaria must be a global effort.
Building awareness against the disease and learning how to control it by keeping mosquito populations in check is this important day’s focus. With governments and independent associations working around the clock, let’s hope April 24 one day becomes a celebration.
How to Commemorate World Malaria Day
Attend the endmalaria.org online forum and learn more about this disease. Join the celebration around the countries that have eradicated the illness and spread the word about the importance of playing a part against malaria.
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