25 April is World Malaria Day
Malaria is one of humanity’s oldest diseases. Globally, 3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk of malaria. In 2016, there were 216 million cases of malaria and 445,000 died. Children under 5 are particularly susceptible to infection, illness and death; 70% of all malaria deaths occur in this age group. The number of under-5 malaria deaths has declined from 440 000 in 2010 to 285 000 in 2016. However, malaria remains a major killer of children under 5, taking the life of a child every 2 minutes.
The theme for 2018 is "READY TO BEAT MALARIA". This theme underscores the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community in uniting around the common goal of a world free of malaria.
Ghana joins the other countries yearly to commemorate this event with various activities projecting the country's efforts, progress and challenges in implementing malaria control interventions. This year's commemoration will be a community level activity in Ashiaman which will include sensitization, health screening and distribution of mosquito nets to community members at the forecourt of St. Florence clinic, Ashiaman Municipality.