Ready to beat Malaria is the new theme for this year’s Malaria Day which aims to make the world malaria free. World Malaria Day is annually observed on April 25 which highlights the joint efforts and commitment of the global malaria community to control malaria also broaden awareness about the disease around the world.
Malaria is caused by the tiny Plasmodium parasites which are transported from person to person by an infected female Anopheles mosquito. Nearly half the world’s population still contracts it every year.
The Malaria Day was established in May 2007 at the 60th session of the World Health Assembly with an aim to deliver education and knowledge of the disease as well as to spread national-malaria-control strategies’ executing information.
However, after a remarkable success in the past years’ malaria controlling progression has slowed around the globe, the 2017 World Malaria Report claims. The report showed increases of cases in regions like Southern Africa. Released in November 2017 the World Malaria Report unveiled that there were 216 million cases of malaria in 2016 while 211 million in 2015.
The symptoms of the disease include chills and a fever as well as some people experience sweating, diarrhea, vomiting, a headache and other body aches. In some severe cases, patients can even experience complications like hypoglycemia, brain swelling, fluid build-up in the lungs, and organ failure.
“In countries where cases of malaria are infrequent, these symptoms may be attributed to influenza, a cold, or other common infections, especially if malaria is not suspected,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say.