World Malaria Day is commemorated every 25th April.
Malaria is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease, transmitted through the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito.
Avoidance of the disease involves several steps that have been termed the A, B, C, D of malaria prevention:
A - Awareness of the risk B - Bite prevention C - Chemoprophylaxis (appropriate choice of antimalarial medication and compliance with the regime) D - Diagnosis (prompt diagnosis and treatment without delay)
Dr Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho, Board Chair, RBM Partnership to End Malaria, explains: “World Malaria Day offers people all over the world the opportunity to step up the fight against malaria at a time when global malaria cases are on the rise and funding has flatlined.
“We must also continue to celebrate our successes to-date, and support countries and partners’ efforts to end this deadly disease within our lifetimes.”