Progress has stalled in the fight against malaria

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In 2016, almost half of the world's population was at risk of malaria.

It was on 25 April 2016 that the World Health Organization released a report that reflected its determination to eliminate malaria from 35 countries by 2030. The theme underscores the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community in uniting around the common goal of a world free of malaria. For those planning to travel to countries that have known malaria cases, it is very important to take preventive measures, including avoiding mosquito bites by using insect repellent, covering the arms and legs, and using a mosquito net. AfDB president Akinwumi Adesina told the African Leaders Malaria Alliance.

In the lead-up to 25 April, WHO is shining a spotlight on prevention, a critical strategy for reducing the toll of a disease that continues to kill more than 400,000 people annually.

Although, Qatar is free from locally acquired malaria, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has treated more than 125 cases who have acquired the disease overseas.

About 90 percent of all malaria cases and deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and other global partners are promoting efforts to tackle malaria, one of the oldest, yet most pervasive public health threats of our time.

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"In the African Region there were 194 million new cases and 410 000 deaths in 2016".

Speaking on the occasion, the minister said the state government is taking massive steps to make Mizoram malaria-free by 2030. These include infants, children under five years of age, pregnant women and patients with HIV/AIDS as well as non-immune migrants and travellers.

"Without better vigilance, children receiving transfusions to address malaria's impacts risk exposure to more malaria-causing parasites" Selali Fiamanya, Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN) Researchers pooled data from the individual studies to generate an estimate of the presence of malaria parasites in blood donations across the region.

Dr. Matshidoso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, on World Malaria Day 2018 said: "Elimination of malaria requires above all political leadership at the highest level, as well as leadership of programmes, resource mobilization, and intersectoral and cross-border collaboration".

Significant global progress has been made since 2000 to reduce the incidence and mortality of malaria, says the NIH in a press release. Later, a National Framework for Malaria Elimination (2016-2030) and a National Strategic Plan 2017-2022 have been drafted in consultation with the States/Union Territories.