By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged countries most affected by malaria to empower communities to take action for malaria prevention and care.
WHO gave the task in a message in commemoration of 2019 World Malaria Day marked on Thursday, 25th April.
The theme of this year’s World Malaria Day is: “Zero Malaria Starts With Me.”
“Urgent action is needed to get the global response to malaria back on track – and ownership of the challenge lies in the hands of countries most affected by malaria.
“On World Malaria Day 2019, WHO joins the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, the African Union Commission and other partner organizations in promoting “Zero Malaria Starts With Me,” WHO declared.
The UN agency on public health said “Zero Malaria Starts With Me” is a grassroots campaign that aims to keep malaria high on the political agenda, mobilize additional resources, and empower communities to take ownership of malaria prevention and care.
WHO regretted that after more than a decade of steady advances in fighting malaria, progress has levelled off.
According to WHO’s latest World Malaria Report, no significant gains were made in reducing malaria cases in the period 2015 to 2017.
The estimated number of malaria death in 2017, at 435,000, remained virtually unchanged over the previous year, WHO said.