25th April – World Malaria Day, Faiths Act against Malaria

25th April – World Malaria Day, Faiths Act against Malaria

April 25, 2012: World Health Assembly instituted 25th April as the World Malaria Day at its 60th session in May, 2007. This was done to recognise and bring to light the efforts and measures globally made in order to provide effective control over the malaria disease. And thus, the world observes 25th April as the World Malaria Day every year.

This observation has enabled the countries falling under affected regions to learn from experiences of each other and provide supportive hand to one another in their efforts. It also helps the new donors to get associated with other global partners fighting against malaria.  Moreover, this method of recognising global efforts against malaria allow the research bodies to exhibit their scientific advancements in front of the experts as well as common people and provides opportunity to international foundations or other bodies to promote the measures that have worked in controlling malaria disease.

It is to be noted that malaria is a disorder caused by Plasmodium (a parasite). This parasite is transmitted into the human body via an infected female mosquito’s bite. After entering the body, the parasite multiplies in liver of the body leading to infection in red blood cells. Some of the basic symptoms of this disease include fever, severe headache and body ache along with some other symptoms. In severe cases of malaria, the infected patients go to coma and finally die.

According to statistics, nearly 3.3 billion people that means around half of the world was at risk of malaria in 2010. About 216 million cases of malaria are recorded every year and out of these cases approximately 655,000 deaths are estimated. The people of under developed countries are more prone to get infected by malaria. Unfortunately, the Sub-Saharan Africa is the region where 90% deaths occur of malaria disease. Out the 90%, 85% of the children under 5 years old die of malaria. Deaths on such a large scale can really leave anyone by shock because malaria is preventable and can also be cured.

Many of the non-governmental and private organisations across the world in association with World Health Organisation (WHO) and governments have been working towards the eradication of the malaria from the more infected areas and save majority of the populations at risk. The Sub-Saharan Africa also falls into that this category. Thus, these institutions are trying their level best to lower the risk of malaria in such areas as well.

“In the last decade we have seen a renewed commitment by the United States, international organizations, and private foundations to eliminate all malaria deaths,” said Mr. Chris Smith, U.S. Congressman, during a House Congressional hearing on the disease in December, 2011.

“The world has the tools to prevent and treat malaria. No one in the twenty-first century should have to suffer from it, let alone die from it.”

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