Malaria, other vectorborne and parasitic diseases

Statement by Dr Shin Young-soo WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific for World Malaria Day 2014

24 April 2015 — Regional Office - The WHO Region for the Western Pacific joins Member States and development partners in commemorating World Malaria Day on 25 April. The theme this year is: Invest in the future: Defeat malaria.

Case study on malaria elimination in the Philippines launched

MANILA, 27 January 2015 – The National Malaria Control and Elimination Programme of the Department of Health in the Philippines has just launched a case study entitled “Eliminating Malaria: Progress Towards Malaria Elimination in the Philippines". The case study shows how the Philippines have successfully achieved to reduce malaria cases by three quarters from 2000 to 2011, with one third of provinces having eliminated malaria as of 2013. Today, very few people die from malaria in the Philippines.

ERAR emphasizes behavior change communication as an important tool to reach at risk mobile migrant populations

A poster in Lao PDR urging families to sleep under long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets

25 September 2014 – La (not his real name), an 18-year-old logger, from Stung Treng province in Cambodia had a close call with death recently in Pathoumphone district of Champasack province in the south of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. His misconception that malaria was caused by drinking contaminated water, which could have been addressed by effective behavior change communication, almost cost him his life.

WHO fighters against malaria in the Western Pacific

In May 2013, malaria experts from across the WHO Western Pacific Region, and beyond, assembled at the Regional Office for the Western Pacific in Manila, the Philippines, to take stock of the fight against the disease and to plot ways forward. Among them were WHO regional malaria advisers going back to 1990, and one for pharmaceuticals. This video is their story of malaria control in the Western Pacific.

About malaria, other vectorborne and parasitic diseases unit

Malaria, other Vectorborne and Parasitic Diseases (MVP) is under WHO Western Pacific Region's Division of Communicable Diseases. The unit's key technical areas and responsibilities include: malaria, neglected tropical diseases, dengue and other arbovirus, and research into infectious diseases related to poverty. Its goal is to reduce health burden caused by vectorborne and parasitic diseases and eliminate them, where feasible, through operational research; strengthening surveillance, monitoring and evaluation; ensuring full coverage to diagnosis and treatment especially of at-risk populations, and provision of technical guidance to and cooperation with countries.

Contact information

P.O. Box 2932
1000 Manila
Telephone: (+63 2) 528 8001
Fax: (+63 2) 521 1036 or 526 0279