South-East Asia Region World Malaria Day - 25 April 2018

WMD 2018

Seven decades, seven voices in the global malaria fight
This year’s World Malaria Day coincides with activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of WHO. The Global Malaria Programme is marking the Day with a series of interviews with leaders and advocates in the global malaria response, as they reflect on key moments in fighting this disease over the past 7 decades.

South-East Asia Region World Malaria Day - 25 April 2018

Mother and child in a village of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Tanganyika Province

India takes on malaria in its highest burden state
Since 2000, India has made major inroads in reducing the toll of malaria. But the path towards elimination has proven a challenge in the eastern state of Odisha, which carries more than 40% of the country’s malaria burden. In recent years, the state government has dramatically scaled up efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria – with impressive results seen in a short span of time. The work follows the recommendations of the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria which calls for early case detection, prompt treatment and the widespread use of mosquito-control measures.

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Population at risk (2016)

1.35 billionPeople in the SEA Region at risk of malaria

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Confirmed malaria cases (2016)

1.4 millionConfirmed cases of malaria in SEA Region


Reported malaria deaths (2016)

557Reported malaria deaths in SEA Region