World Malaria Day is a worldwide holiday to raise awareness about malaria. It is a dangerous infectious disease carried by mosquitoes. When bitten, the germs of the disease are transmitted through the saliva of the insect. Without proper treatment, a person faces a painful death. It is celebrated every year on April 25.
World Malaria Day has been celebrated annually since 2007, when it was established by WHO. The main objectives of this day are to improve people’s awareness about the disease, its symptoms and dangers, as well as to direct the power of the world community to help people from poor African and other countries with tropical climates, where malaria is a common disease. Because of limited medicine in poor countries, malaria kills a lot of people, including children. The problem must be addressed!
In 1880, Charles Laveran, a physician, was able to detect single-celled organisms in the blood of a malaria patient, which were the causative agent of the disease. Malaria is characterized by chills and fever, the liver and spleen increase in size, anemia is likely to occur. Without treatment, it is fatal.
- The most effective drug for treatment is quinine.
- Before traveling to African countries or the tropics of South America and similar places with high humidity and temperature (ideal conditions for malarial mosquitoes), it is urgent to get a malaria vaccination to help protect against the disease.
- Every year, on average, 450,000 people die of malaria. The mortality rate of the disease has almost halved from the beginning of 2000 to the present!
How to celebrate
Study malaria in more detail. If you have recently arrived from African countries, etc., be sure to get tested for malaria. Use a vaccine if necessary.
Spread the word about the holiday on social media. Ask users if they have ever encountered malaria in real life.
When is World Malaria Day Celebrated in 2023?
World Malaria Day is associated with the anticipation of happiness and joy. It is observed on April the 25th each year.