Malaria, other vectorborne and parasitic diseases programme


World Malaria Day: Ready to beat malaria


MANILA, 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.

Countries in Western Pacific agree to strengthen malaria surveillance in preparation for elimination

Since 2010, the WHO Western Pacific Region (WPR) has had the highest malaria mortality rate decline out of the six regions at 58%. However, there is still significant progress to be made if the region wishes to meet the ambitious 2020 elimination and control milestones, paving the way for malaria elimination by 2030.

Antimalarial drug resistance in the Greater Mekong: how concerned should we be?

A mosquito net in Khanh Hoa province in health facility in Viet Nam
WHO/Y. Shimizu
Health care workers place mosquito net over a newborn in Khanh Hoa province, Viet Nam

GENEVA , 29 september 2017 - The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) has long been the epicentre of antimalarial drug resistance. To date, artemisinin resistance has been detected in 5 countries of the GMS: Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme, on Drug resistance in the Mekong Subregion answers most common questions about antimalarial drug resistance in this region.

Integrating gender into the WHO fight against malaria and artemisinin resistance in the Greater Mekong Subregion


WHO conducted a gender assessment of the Emergency Response to Artemisinin Resistance in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

The assessment and subsequent changes to the project marked a turning point in the fight against drug resistant malaria in the subregion. It was a crucial step in ensuring that gender is addressed more systematically in programme design and implementation – with the goal of better meeting the needs of various population groups affected by malaria.

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Did you know?

730 millionpeople in the region are at risk of infection (2016)

Regional malaria situation


873,962estimated cases in the region (2016)


341reported malaria attributed death in the region (2016)

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