Today, April 25th, is World Malaria Day 2018. Every year, WHO and its partners celebrate World Malaria Day on this date. Every year, the World Health Organization publishes its Annual World Malaria Report. The WHO released its last update on November 29, 2017. The report tracks all global actions taken against malaria.Consequences of the Malaria DiseaseMalaria parasites are causing this infectious disease. The Anopheles mosquitoes are transmitting malaria to people through the bites of infected, female, mosquitoes. Malaria causes symptoms that include fever, fatigue, vomiting, and headaches. These symptoms can be very dangerous especially for pregnant women and young children who are experiencing the disease for the first time. Severe cases can cause yellow skin, seizures, coma, and even death. The disease is widespread in the tropical and subtropical regions around the Equator. Malaria has an enormous impact on global health. Consequently, malaria is also associated with poverty and has a negative effect on economic development.The importance of World Malaria Day 2018The WHO has formed a strategy to lower the global impact of malaria over the next 15 years. It plans to reduce the rate of new malaria cases by 90%. It also plans to reduce malaria death rates by at least 90%. The goal is to eliminate malaria in 35 countries and prevent a resurgence of malaria in all countries which are now malaria-free.Ending malaria remains a significant challenge. In 2015, there were an estimated 214 million new cases of malaria, and in 2016 there were 216 million new cases. Malaria took 438,000 lives in 2015. But in 2016 an estimated 445,000 malaria-related deaths were registered. These deaths happened mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. Millions of people are still not accessing the services necessary for the prevention and treatment malaria.Substantial funding remains necessaryThe global communities’ total investment in malaria control and elimination is estimated to be US$ 2.7 billion. However, in some high-burdened countries, funding support has reduced considerably. Overall, malaria funding in 2016 was only 41% of the 2020 milestone of US$ 6.5 billion. Earlier this month the London Summit organizers announced that collective commitments of US$ 4.1 billion had been secured from a combination of governments, the private sector, philanthropists, and international NGOs. Although this is an increase, it still puts the 2020 milestone at great risk. These commitments include an additional US$ 1 billion from the Bill & Melinda Gates.“We can’t accept a world where malaria has been eliminated in some places, and children continue to die in other places,” said Bill Gates in his keynote address at the Summit, “not when the disease is preventable, treatable, and beatable.”Malaria TreatmentFortunately, malaria is an entirely preventable and treatable disease. The primary objective of treatment must be to ensure a rapid and complete elimination of the parasite which causes malaria. But the malaria parasite has begun to develop resistance to currently available drugs. This means that resistant strains will spread. Many compassionate organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are investing in the development of new tools including drugs and strategies to prevent or delay resistance. This is the largest philanthropic organization in the world. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is active in many different fields of development, but they’re probably most famous for their work on eradicating malaria. Four countries have eradicated malaria since the turn of the century and, for a large part, thanks to this foundation.11 NGOs Fighting MalariaMany NGOs around the world are fighting malaria in the field. To celebrate World Malaria Day 2018 we recently published a list of eleven international NGOs fighting Malaria. While this list is not exhaustive, it will give you an idea of the types of projects these organizations are implementing in order to protect the world from malaria.Taking Malaria Pills While Traveling or Not?The overall well being of humanitarian aid workers is of great importance to us. We make it easier for you to stay connected with your people in the field or on a mission. We are trying to improve the quality and add value to the world of humanitarian travel through our revolutionary services. Among them, providing the latest information on traveling to remote areas including the ones where you are at risk for malaria. When you travel to a malaria-prone area, it is important to get the latest information. It’s important to wisely plan every step before departure. For instance on what measures are required and what the recommendations are while you are there. Please contact us should you have any questions at all regarding a malaria-prone area or seek advice from health professionals near you. Consult a health care professional especially when you have a medical history.Let Us Help YouAt Raptim we are just as passionate about humanitarian work as you and your NGO. Our daily articles provide updates regarding humanitarian subjects and projects we deem necessary such as ending malaria. 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