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World Malaria Day 2021 – Reaching the zero malaria target

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World Malaria Day 2021 theme

This year’s theme is ‘Reaching the zero malaria target’. On this day, WHO will celebrate the achievement of those countries that are on the verge to eliminate the disease. These countries stand as an inspiration that we can overcome this deadly disease ad improve the livelihood and health of the population.

This year, WHO and partners will mark World Malaria Day by celebrating the achievements of countries that are approaching – and achieving – malaria elimination. They provide inspiration for all nations that are working to stamp out this deadly disease and improve the health and livelihoods of their populations.

Facts about Malaria

  1. Malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasite. This parasite spreads to the blood vessels of human bodies through the bite of female anopheles mosquitoes known as malaria vectors.
  2. Not may know that only five types of plasmodium parasite cause malaria, namely Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium vivax, P. ovale and Plasmodium malariae and Plasmodium knowlesi.
  3.  Malaria’s symptoms generally appear in 10-15 days after the bite of female anopheles mosquitoes.
  4. Malaria is preventable, apply mosquito repellents, spray, lotion etc to avoid the bite of female mosquitoes.

History of World Malaria Day

In May 2007, this special day was established by the 60th session of the World Health Assembly, a decision-making body of WHO. World Malaria Day was established to educate people and make them understand this disease. Earlier, this day was widely known as African Malaria Day, however, in 2007, WHO recognised this disease as a global disease. This day also gives opportunity to international companies, partners and foundations to work together in eradicating this disease.

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