UNICEF is working closely with WHO and other partners to achieve a world free of malaria, ensuring that those most vulnerable to malaria receive the preventive and curative interventions they need to stay healthy.
In 2016, there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria in 91 countries.
According to the World Malaria Report 2017 by the World Health Organisation, the global progress against malaria appeared to have stalled after many years of great public health achievements in response to the disease. During those 15 years, 6.2 million deaths were averted, including the deaths of 5.9 million children under five.
Most of the deaths caused by malaria in the world are due to P. falciparum, since this is the species that predominates in the African continent.
Amb. Elder's statement was contained in remarks she made yesterday at a joint program marking the official launch of Long Lasting Insecticide-Treated Nets (LLINs) Distribution Campaign in commemoration of this year's World Malaria Day, held in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.More news: Celtics' Marcus Smart Upgraded To 'Questionable' For Game 5
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According to figures from the Ministry of Health, the country records over a million malaria related cases yearly.
Therefore, coinciding with the World Malaria Day and ahead of the summer vacation season, HMC is advising residents who are planning travel to known malaria-endemic regions of the world to take necessary precautions.
Also speaking, Health Minister Dr. Wilhemina Jallah said the presence of First Lady Mrs. Weah speaks volume of government's commitment to prioritizing the fight against malaria, adding that together everybody can defeat malaria.
World Health Organization figures show that there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria in 91 countries in 2016, representing an increase of 5 million cases compared to the previous year.
United States ambassador to Liberia, Christian Elder, said her government is committed to work with the Liberians in reducing malaria epidemic, adding that the level of progress made in the health sector shows that eradicating malaria is possible. "This day reminds us of the challenges towards malaria elimination and the day gives us an opportunity to celebrate our successes".
In the lead-up to 25 April, WHO is shining a spotlight on prevention, a critical strategy for reducing the toll of a disease that continues to kill more than 400,000 people annually. Those include sleeping under a mosquito net, spraying your home and clothes with insecticide or insect repellant and wearing long sleeves and trousers between sunset and sunrise.