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World Malaria Day: WHO’s theme ‘End Malaria for good’

Islamabad: The World Malaria Day is being observed today across the globe, including Pakistan.

Malaria-endemic countries have made incredible gains against the disease in the last decade, but sustaining them will take extra efforts until the malaria is eliminated worldwide.

The theme for 2016 is “End Malaria For Good”.

WHO defines Malaria as a life threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.

According to WHO’s World Malaria Report 2015, since 2000, there has been a significant decline in malaria cases and deaths globally.

Currently, 3.2 billion people across the globe are at risk of malaria. According to the Wold Malaria Report 2014, 22% of India’s population live in high transmission areas, 67% live in low transmission areas and 11% live in malaria-free areas.

Malaria mortality has decreased by 60 percent, with 6.2 million lives saved since 2000.