April 25, 2011
”Achieving Progress and Impact” Is the Theme for World Malaria Day 2011. World Malaria Day was instituted by the World Health Assembly (WHA) at its 60th session in 2007. The day is commemorated every year on April 25 to create awareness about an ancient disease and the devastating impact it has on the lives of more than 3 billion people – half of humanity.
World Malaria Day is an opportunity for the global development and health communities to intensify their efforts in providing access to affordable, safe and effective anti-malarial combination treatments worldwide, as well as protective insecticide treated nets and other preventive measures.
The commemoration of the fourth World Malaria Day – WMD 2011 – marks a critical moment in time. At this stage, the Abuja Malaria Targets adopted in April 2000 should have been reached and Universal Coverage with all malaria interventions attained. WMD 2011 is the year in which significant progress is being assessed towards achieving near zero deaths by 2015.