Malaria, other vectorborne and parasitic diseases programme

World Malaria Day: Ready to beat malaria


25 April 2018 - World Malaria Day is commemorated every 25 April. This year WHO joins partner organizations in promoting the theme; Ready to Beat Malaria. It underscores the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community in uniting around the common goal of a world free of malaria. In the Western Pacific Region, the theme highlights the commitment of its Leaders to attain a malaria-free Asia Pacific by 2030.

The Western Pacific Region has made significant progress in efforts to control and eliminate malaria since 2000. Between 2010 and 2015 alone, the region has reduced the case incidence rate of malaria by 30% and its mortality rate by 58%. Both reductions are higher than global achievements for the same period. However, there are reasons to be concerned about more recent global and regional trends.

WHO supports malaria endemic countries in Western Pacific to update National Treatment Guidelines for Malaria


Malaria endemic countries are preparing to accelerate efforts in malaria control and elimination to achieve the targets spelt out in the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016 – 2030, which was endorsed by the World Health assembly in 2015.

Countries recognized the need for such acceleration during consultations with WHO, where they also acknowledged the need to rapidly reduce malaria incidence and deaths.

WHO Supports targeting Aedes mosquito larvae through Integrated Vector Management in Cambodia

© Malaria Consortium

WHO provided technical assistance and supporting Malaria Consortium to piloting a project on integrated vector management to assess the effectiveness of various control strategies to prevent the transmission of dengue. The study was conducted in Kampong Cham province, Cambodia and was funded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and UK aid from the UK government.

Cambodia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic congratulated for having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem

 Dr Or Vandine, Director General for Health, Cambodia receiving award

On the 68th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, the Kingdom of Cambodia and Lao People’s Democratic Republic were congratulated on eliminating trachoma as a public health problem by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, and Chairperson of sixty-seventh Regional Committee, Ms Glenys Beauchamp PSM, Secretary, Department of Health, Australia.

10 facts you should know about climate change

Climate change affects our environment, threatening human health, livelihoods and challenges health systems in their preparedness, response and recovering capacity.

The below photo story features key facts about climate change, its impacts and how it is addressed regionally.

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Did you know?

705,000malaria cases were reported in 2015 (Western Pacific region)

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75%of the worldwide population affected by dengue lives in the Western Pacific Region

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16 diseasesout of the 20 neglected tropical diseases are endemic in the Western Pacific Region

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