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World Malaria Day, which takes place on 25 April each year, is an internationally recognized day, highlighting the global efforts to control malaria and celebrating the gains that have been made. Since 2000, the world has made historic progress against malaria, saving millions of lives. However, half the world still lives at risk from this preventable, treatable disease, which costs a child’s life every two minutes.

On World Malaria Day we mark successes in the fight against malaria, highlight the responsibility we all have to end malaria within a generation and urge leaders to step up the fight and get us closer to a malaria-free world. 

Over the past two decades we’ve made great progress in the malaria fight, saving more than 7 million lives and preventing over 1 billion malaria cases. 

World Malaria Day 2021 will unify and build on the ‘Zero Malaria Starts with Me’ movement and the ‘Draw the Line Against Malaria’ youth focused campaign. This year’s theme, "Zero Malaria - Draw the Line Against Malaria", will explore and connect malaria elimination and malaria in high-burden settings.

The objectives for this year's World Malaria Day are:

  • Highlight the successes of countries in the malaria fight.
  • Inspire a new group of countries that have the potential to eliminate the disease by 2025.
  • Demonstrate that zero malaria is within reach for all countries.

Here is how to join us:

  • Draw the Line Against Malaria on;
  • Light up momuments around the world on 25 April 2021 to mark World Malaria Day;
  • Join us on social media using our social media toolkit;
  • Organize activities in your own country.

Make sure to read the World Malaria Day 2021 highlights here

Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria outreach activities

Zanzibar World Malaria Day 2021 Celebrations

Burundi World Malaria Day 2021 Celebrations

Distribution of key health equipment

Apr 23rd 2021 - Apr 25th 2021

Niger World Malaria Day 2021 Celebrations

Guinea World Malaria Day 2021 Celebrations

Zero Malaria Starts With Me Campaign Launch in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Launch of the Insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) mass distribution campaign in Cote D'Ivoire

Benin World Malaria Day 2021 Celebrations

World Malaria Day DJ Party Instagram Live

World Malaria Day Symposium | Malaria Vector Biology & Control

Malaria Partners Zambia Bicycle Ride

Apr 23rd 2021 - Apr 25th 2021

Innovative ways to end malaria in the Sahel - Twitter Chat

ALMA and LMA Youth Advisory Council Youth Webinar

Launch of the Mass Net Distribution Campaign, live press briefing and more in Kenya

Lessons from Malaria in the Age of Pandemics: Building Sub National & District Level Capacity

Celebrating African Women in the Malaria Response Conference

Zero Malaria Business Leadership Initiative (ZMBLI) launch in Burkina Faso

A Rubbin’ Minds World Malaria Day special in Nigeria

Malaria No More Japan (MNMJ): Climate change and malaria political dialogue

"Reaching Zero" virtual forum on malaria elimination

Nothing But Nets Leadership summit 2021

Apr 18th 2021 - Apr 20th 2021

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To find more information about the World Malaria Day celebrations which took place in previous years please visit:

World Malaria Day 2020

World Malaria Day 2019

World Malaria Day 2018