World Malaria Day is an international observance which is marked every year to highlight and promote the global partnerships to control and advance elimination of malaria. Malaria, this life-threatening disease kills every two minutes one child in the world.

Iran (IMNA) - World Malaria Day, commemorated every year on 25 April, as an occasion to recognize global efforts for prevention and control of Malaria. The disease is a mosquito-borne infectious ones. Simply, it’s transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito that releases the Plasmodium parasite into your bloodstream.

"Zero malaria starts with me"

On the World Malaria Day 2020, through joining to End Malaria, WHO aims to keep malaria high on the political agenda by promoting “Zero malaria starts with me” campaign. This campaign goals to empower and engage all members of society, private sector companies that benefit from a malaria free-workforce, political leaders and also communities affected by malaria to be careful and conscious in order to control this life-threating disease.

Some facts on malaria:

According to statistics, in 106 countries across the world, 3.3 billion people are at risk of malaria.

Malaria is the third largest killer of children in the world. Every five minutes two child under the age of five die of malaria.

90 percent of malaria deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa, with 407,000 deaths in 2016.

Children under five years of age, pregnant women and their unborn children are the most vulnerable people. In pregnancy, this fatal disease contributes to deaths of mothers and children.

The most effective way to prevent malaria infection is sleeping under an insecticide- treated bed net (ITN).

In the last ten years, UNICEF has distributed almost 268 million insecticide- treated bed nets in more than 30 countries.

Six countries have been certified as having eliminated malaria: Morocco, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Kyrgyzstan. Indeed, countries with no local cases of malaria are eligible to apply for certification of malaria elimination.

Elahe Jalali

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