World Malaria Day (WMD) is an international observance commemorated every year on 25 April since 2007 and recognizes global efforts to control malaria. Prior to the establishment of WMD, Africa Malaria Day was held on April 25 since 2001.
The theme for World Malaria Day 2020 – ‘Zero Malaria Starts with Me’ – seeks to empower individuals across the world to make a personal commitment to saving more lives and help communities and economies to thrive by ending malaria.
According to Wikipedia, globally, 3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk of malaria. In 2018, the estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 405,000.
Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female anopheles mosquitoes. Half of the worlds’ population is at risk of malaria, particularly those in lower-income countries. It infects more than 500 million people each year and kills more than one million people on the average, according to WHO. However, Malaria is preventable and curable.
To prevent malaria, we first have to prevent mosquitoes from breeding by keeping our surroundings clean and free from stagnant water, taking out trash frequently, decluttering and getting rid of junk items. Also, if you are in a malaria prone area, it is best to stay protected with the use of mosquito nets and the use of insect repellents on exposed skin as well as spraying insecticides in your home before bed.
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