EDUCATE yourself and help stop the spread of the disease this World Malaria Day, 25 April.
This is the 10th anniversary of World Malaria Day which was started by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Children with severe malaria frequently develop one or more of the following symptoms: severe anaemia, respiratory distress in relation to metabolic acidosis, or cerebral malaria.
“Children under five are particularly susceptible to malaria illness, infection and death.
If not treated within 24 hours, P. falciparum malaria can progress to severe illness, often leading to death.
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Director of WHO’s Global Malaria Programme.
“Any death from malaria – a preventable and treatable disease – is simply unacceptable,” said Pedro Alonso, Director of WHO’s Global Malaria Programme.
World Malaria Day falls in World Immunisation Week, April 24-30, which celebrates the widespread use of vaccines that protect people against 26 diseases.
According to the most recent World Malaria Report, the global tally of malaria reached 429,000 malaria deaths and 212 million new cases in 2015.
The rate of new malaria cases fell by 21 percent globally between 2010 and 2015, and malaria death rates fell by 29 percent in the same period.
WHO said future progress in the fight to prevent malaria will likely be shaped by technological advances and innovations in new tools, including new vector control interventions, and possibly a vaccine.
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