In 2008, the malaria community came together to celebrate the first World Malaria Day and redouble global efforts to fight one of the world's oldest diseases, which at that time killed one million children a year. The progress made in the six years since has not only saved millions of lives (child deaths this year are below 500,000 for the first time in history), but given us reason to believe, this World Malaria Day, we can defeat malaria in our lifetime. Here is why:
The launching ceremony and the march, was held by the collaboration of IMPE Quy Nhon, NIMPE, WHO and Gia Lai Provincial People's Committee in Krong-Pa district, Gia Lai province - one of the most severe malaria endemic areas of Vietnam on April 25th, 2014 with the theme "Invest in the future. Defeat malaria."
Global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000, reducing malaria mortality rates by 42% globally and 49% in Africa. Increased political commitment and expanded funding have helped to reduce malaria incidence by 25% globally, and 31% in Africa.
The Gio Linh district health center in cooperation with the People's Committee of Vinh Truong commune had recently held a workshop on reviewing malaria control in the first quarter 2013, at the same time deploying anti-malaria campaign in 2013 and respoding World Malaria Day April 25 with theme: "Invest in the Future. Defeat Malaria".