World Malaria Day Date in the current year: April 25, 2016

World Malaria Day World Malaria Day is a global observance that is held on April 25. It was first observed in 2008 and has been held annually ever since. It is one of the official global public health campaigns currently organized by the World Health Organization.

Malaria is an infectious disease caused by parasitic protozoans. It is transmitted by mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles. Malaria is a leading cause of premature mortality in the world. The disease is most common in Africa, although Latin America, Asia, Middle East and some parts of Europe are also affected. Malaria can be cured, but there is no effective vaccine that could prevent it.

The predecessor of World Malaria Day was Africa Malaria Day. It was established the early 2000s to mark the anniversary of the 2001 Abuja Declaration and Frameworks for Action on Roll Back Malaria signed by 44 members of the African Union.

In May 2007, the campaign went global and was renamed to World Malaria Day. It was officially established by the 60th session of the World Health Assembly. The observance focuses on raising awareness about malaria, spreading information on malaria-control strategies and recognizing global efforts to control malaria and develop an effective vaccine.

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