World Malaria Day, 25 April 2018

WHO supports countries malaria fight (animated GIF)

Seven decades, seven voices in the global malaria fight

This year’s World Malaria Day coincides with activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of WHO. In the lead up to the Day, we will be sharing a series of interviews with leaders and advocates in the global malaria response, as they reflect on key moments in fighting this disease over the past 7 decades. Stay tuned for more interviews in the coming days.

A community health worker conducts a malaria rapid diagnostic test for a child, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ready to beat malaria

WHO joins partner organizations in promoting this year’s World Malaria Day theme, “Ready to beat malaria”. This theme underscores the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community in uniting around the common goal of a world free of malaria. It highlights the remarkable progress achieved in tackling one of humanity’s oldest diseases, while also calling out worrying trends as captured in the 2017 World malaria report.

G. Tapper/ WHO

fact buffet


216 millionIn 2016, there were 216 million cases of malaria worldwide.

World malaria report 2017


445 000In 2016, there were 445 000 malaria-related deaths worldwide.

WHO fact sheet on malaria


2.7 billionResources available for malaria in 2016 (in US$).

News release: World malaria report 2017

Campaign materials

Women and Children in rural area of Assam, India
A. Loke /WHO