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World Malaria Day 2010

Youth in Burkina Faso demonstrating the use of a mosquito net during a community meeting.Photo courtesy of Plan staff.
Youth in Burkina Faso demonstrating the use of a mosquito net during a community meeting.

Photo courtesy of Plan staff.
April 22, 2010

Sunday April 25, 2010 is World Malaria Day, a day which highlights efforts to control malaria around the world.

Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes that kills more than one million people each year, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa, where malaria is the leading cause of death for children under five – but it’s preventable and treatable.

The Roll Back Malaria partnership, of which Plan is a member, has issued a progress report on malaria in Africa to coincide with World Malaria Day 2010, which found that, although global funding for malaria control has increased 10-fold in the last six years, existing levels still fall far short of the estimated $6 billion needed this year alone.

Controlling malaria is based on both preventing its transmission and getting prompt and effective treatment when someone is infected. Funding is needed for quality affordable anti-malarial medicines and other essential supplies: insecticide-treated mosquito nets, rapid diagnostic tests (RDT), and insecticides.

What’s also needed is an understanding of simple changes to living conditions to reduce risk – and children can help to spread the word. In Benin, for example, children have been helping clean up their local environment and prevent malaria by targeting three main water sources in the area.

Learn more about Plan's malaria prevention and control programs.