World Malaria Day: Strengthening Health Systems to Improve Access to Prevention and Treatment
April 25 is World Malaria Day, a time to recognize the global effort to fight against a disease that afflicts more than half a billion people across the globe.
Malaria is not only a major cause of illness and death in developing countries but also a significant drain on their overstressed health systems and fragile economies. Especially in Africa, malaria is linked to high rates of infant and maternal death, chronic anemia, and complications that increase the severity of other diseases. Despite recent increases in international funding, formidable challenges remain in malaria control and prevention.
In 2008 the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership released the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP), which aims for near-zero deaths by 2015 and the gradual elimination of malaria.
MSH is involved in a broad spectrum of malaria initiatives, including pharmaceutical management, child and maternal health, and performance-based financing, focusing on systems-strengthening assistance that is vital to effective and sustainable malaria control at all levels of the health system. We focus on conducting national malaria prevention and control assessments; making antimalarial drugs available to those who need them most; introducing and strengthening malaria prevention programs including insecticide-treated mosquito net (ITN) programs; and engaging with global partners, foundations, and private corporations.
For more information on MSH’s work in malaria