World Malaria Day is observed to highlight the various measures and precautions taken to curb the occurrence of malaria. In other words, global health experts officially mark this date to eliminate the disease from its very existence.
When is World Malaria Day 2021?
Every year, World Malaria Day is celebrated on 25 April. The day mainly focuses on malaria prevention at the international level and calls for global healthcare investment, especially for eliminating and curing malaria. In tertiary terms, strict actions are proposed and initiated to bring down suffering and reduce the mortality rates caused due to the dreadful disease. The main highlight of the year 2021 is to unanimously declare the world free from malaria by bringing down malaria casualty rates to a dead zero.
Countries that have significantly contributed towards this assignment shall play the main roles in celebration. Apart from countries reaching the zero mark, there are others almost there in the race to report zero malaria casualties. These two sets of country groups are being touted as great inspiration for other nations to step their measures and ensure a tough fight against the disease.
What is the theme for World Malaria Day 2021?
The World Malaria Day 2021 theme is “Zero Malaria – Draw the line against malaria.” The theme is built around many facets of the global fight against malaria. From the start of the inaugural session till date, the eventful day has made remarkable progress in its fight against malaria.
IF we look at numbers globally, more than 7 million people have been saved from the dreadful disease. More than 1 billion new cases have been offered treatment, and the disease’s repeated occurrence is controlled with preventive measures. Some of the previous year themes have been listed down below:
- The year 2019 & 2020 theme was – “ Zero Malaria Starts with me.”
- 2018 presented the theme – “Ready to Beat Malaria.”
- 2017 focused on the theme- “ LET’S close the gap.”
- 2016 had an excellent theme-“ End Malaria for good.”
The world wishes to see the end of malaria, and it’s quite possible by following proper precautions and remedies.
Why World Malaria Day is celebrated on 25 April?
The lesser known Africa Malaria Day was celebrated in the year 2001. It was a first-of-its-kind initiative by the African governments to assess malaria related deaths and possible reduction measures. Later in 2007, WHO held its 60th session of the World Health Assembly in which a grand declaration was made.
A global proposal was implemented to re-consider and revamp the Africa Malaria Day celebrations to World Malaria Day event in the meeting. The day was officially held for the first time on 25th April 2008 by the UN’s WHO wing, and from then on, the event is officially in existence every year.
During the first inaugural address, Ban Ki-moon, then Secretary General of UN, practically spoke about the different malaria prevention elements. He brought to fore some pressing needs such as the supply of mosquito nets for beds and windows, medications, awareness on public health measures, and the role of trained health workers to curb malaria.
These four point vital initiatives are definitive and decisive actions required combating malaria and eliminating the disease from its roots. He called for increased participation of global health initiative programs to portray and reflect sizeable milestones by the end of 2010.
Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) aimed to control, research and continuously eliminate the disease causing elements. With recently concluded studies, the entity has estimated the disease’s closure from its very face by the year 2050.
Malaria Day 2021 Celebration & Activities
Keeping World Malaria Day’s objectives insight, we can list useful ways to celebrate the important day and make it a grand global success. Some of the activities could be:
- Panel Discussion of parameters adopted by countries that have successfully fought malaria.
- Creating youth groups and volunteer clubs to spread awareness and form achievable actions to end malaria by 2025.
- Street demonstrations with plays and roadshows to spread the word on malaria as a disease.
- Active participation and contribution on social media groups using popular hashtags and images.
- School celebration includes quiz, essay and speech writing competitions, drawing, poster making, debate, etc.
- Collaborative events and seminars by government self-help groups, communities, and individuals.
- Building partnerships with private healthcare facilities to reduce the occurrence of malaria.
- Not-for-profit organizations conduct volunteer donation camps to pool monetary funds for treating malaria patients in low-income countries.
World Malaria Day 2021 Quotes & Slogans
Spreading awareness on International Malaria Day is as essential as planning measures to control and eliminate the disease. Some famous quotes that could be used for propaganda against the disease are:
- “Defeat malaria and control mosquito menace without borders.”
- “Now is the time to eradicate malaria and save lives for the future.”
- “Mosquito nets conquer malaria for a better tomorrow.”
- “Say no to mosquitoes and create a malaria-free world.”
- “Take steps together and walk hand in hand to end malaria.”
Interesting Facts about Malaria
- The bite of an infected mosquito causes parasites’ spread within humans, causing a deadly disease called malaria.
- It infects more than 290 million people every year and causes approximately 4,00,000 deaths.
- Partially active vaccines, drugs, insecticides, and nets are the possible remedial measures against the disease.
- Pregnant women carrying the disease can transmit the disease to their offspring’s, called congenital malaria.
- Needles or syringes of infected persons shared with healthy persons can easily contract the disease.