World Malaria Day 2022 will be marked under the theme “Harness innovation to reduce the malaria disease burden and save lives.”
No single tool that is available today will solve the problem of malaria. WHO is calling for investments and innovation that bring new vector control approaches, diagnostics, antimalarial medicines and other tools to speed the pace of progress against malaria.
Despite steady advances in lowering the global burden of malaria between 2000 and 2015, progress has slowed or stalled in recent years, particularly in high burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Urgent and concerted action is needed to set the world back on a trajectory toward achieving the 2030 targets of the WHO global malaria strategy.
WHO recommends expanded use of the vaccine among children living in areas with moderate and high malaria transmission. If implemented broadly, the vaccine could save tens of thousands of lives each year. Also, government stewardship of malaria responses is essential, together with the engagement and participation of affected communities.