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World Malaria Day 2020 “Zero malaria starts with me”

On World Malaria Day 2020, join the WHO and the RBM Partnership to End Malaria in promoting “Zero malaria starts with me”, 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.

In recent years, progress to end malaria has ground to a standstill. According to WHO's World malaria report 2019, there were no global gains in reducing new infections over the period 2014 to 2018. And nearly as many people died from malaria in 2018 as the year before.

Urgent action is needed to get back on track, and ownership of the challenge lies in the hands of countries most affected by malaria. The “Zero malaria” campaign engages all members of society: political leaders who control government policy decisions and budgets; private sector companies that will benefit from a malaria-free workforce; and communities affected by malaria, whose buy-in and ownership of malaria control interventions is critical to success. Join us in our shared effort to get to zero malaria.

Can data save lives?

Digitizing the malaria response in Guinea-Bissau

In 2017, despite being preventable and curable, nearly half the world's population was at risk of malaria. Significantly, most of those affected are living in one region. Africa continues to bear over 90% of all malaria cases and deaths worldwide. In Guinea-Bissau, where malaria is the leading cause of death among pregnant women and children under five, a new technology initiative is transforming the malaria response, strengthening the national health system and saving lives.

This technology has allowed health workers to save considerable time in data analysis which is also very useful when we need to alert the authorities of epidemics.

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Is the digital divide hampering the malaria response in Africa?

In Guinea-Bissau UNDP is working with the government on an initiative to digitize health data. With support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, along with the World Bank, the initiative has introduced mobile tablets for data collection, increasing the timeliness of health reports by nearly 50 percent over six-months. The digitized data system has also allowed real time monitoring of malaria, and enabled clinics to keep track of malaria medicines and health supplies. All of these factors meant malaria deaths dropped by 16 percent from 2017 to 2018.

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The UNDP Global Fund Partnership supports malaria programmes

The UNDP Global Fund Partnership currently supports malaria programmes in seven countries and one region (Bolivia, Afghanistan, Djibouti, Burundi, Chad, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe and Multi-country Western Pacific). Working closely with national governments and civil society organizations, these programmes have contributed to protecting millions of households against malaria, preventing the spread of the disease. These contributions include:

57 million bed nets distributed

67 million cases of malaria treated

Remarkable country results


Reported confirmed cases of Malaria

Source: World Health Organization

Malaria is endemic in Bolivia. The rain forests of the Amazon region provide a fertile breeding ground for mosquitoes. The tropical climate also brings heavy downpours and flooding, limiting access to health care for thousands of vulnerable people in remote and hard to reach locations.

So how has Bolivia nearly eliminated malaria? Find out how UNDP and the Global Fund have been working with the Bolivian government to provide early diagnosis and treatment, strengthen health systems and leave no one behind to beat malaria for good.

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São Tomé and Príncipe

Reported confirmed cases of Malaria

Source: World Health Organization

Reported malaria deaths

Source: World Health Organization

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