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WORLD MALARIA DAY

When is World Malaria Day in 2019?

World Malaria Day in 2019 is on the Thursday, 25th of Apr (4/25/2019).

World Malaria Day is on the 115th day of 2019. There are 250 days left in the year.

World Malaria Day Facts

  • Date: Apr 25, 2019
  • International
  • Also Called: Africa Malaria Day
  • Celebrations: Raise awareness by holding rallies, seminars, and workshops. Clean potential mosquito breeding groun
World Malaria Day iImage Credit: who.int

Malaria is a leading killer disease in tropical Africa and East Asia. Millions of children under the age of five years fall victims of this endemic monster. It, therefore, takes the effort of every person to curb and eradicate malaria globally.

What Causes Malaria?

Malaria is caused by an obligate parasite named Plasmodium microorganism which is spread by female Anopheles mosquitoes. Scientists are still in the strive of figuring out why the parasite uses this specific species of mosquito as its vector. Usually, the mosquito sucks an infected person's blood and ingests parasites which typically attach themselves to the red blood cells of a human being's blood. If the infected mosquito bites a healthy person, it transfers the malaria parasites into their blood system, therefore, infecting them.

Female Anopheles mosquito is found along the tropical belt where it thrives on the warm and wet climatic conditions. Poor drainage system and lack of education make Africa very vulnerable to these vicious insects. The mosquitoes breed by laying eggs in stagnant water, a common thing in Africa and Asian rice paddies. The eggs later hatch and undergo the four-stage life cycle in 6 days before they are ready to fly. The warm temperature provides a conducive temperature for the development of the insects while the wet tropical climate ensures availability of breeding grounds for them.

History of International Malaria Day

The international Malaria Day which is usually marked on the 25th of July every year was established as an effort to combat the world leading killer of children. This particular day was an initiative pioneered by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO is a wing of the United Nations dedicated to improving the global health standards.

The Day was first observed in 2001 and was known as Africa Malaria Day until 2008 when it was renamed World Malaria Day. The initiative has saved millions of lives since then. The name change was necessary as there was the need to realize that malaria was a global pandemic and not only in Africa. This decision was reached during the 60th session of the World Health Organization.

Malaria affects people in more than 100 countries around the world.

How to Celebrate the International Malaria Day?

There are a lot of ways to mark this important day. Remember if you raise awareness about malaria you can save up to 10 lives.

In case you live in a malaria-affected zone, you can be the initiative driver at the grassroots level. Ensure that you, your family, friends and yourself sleep under a mosquito net, use mosquito repellants and seek medication as soon as symptoms of the disease arise. Keep your environment clear of all the possible breeding ground of the mosquitoes.

Push for the formulation of anti-malaria policies by the politicians and ensure that they are implemented. Be the advocate at your local groups, bearing in mind that the best way to combat malaria is through the dissemination of information to the public.

The non-governmental and governmental organizations take this opportunity to educate the public on possible ways of preventing malaria. They hold rallies, seminars, and workshops where they educate and even train specialists. Community volunteer groups also spend this day fumigating and destroying all the possible mosquito breeding grounds. They share out mosquito nets for free to the disadvantaged communities. If your community has such an initiative, be sure to join in the movement.

The important thing is to use all the available platforms to raise awareness about malaria. People should know how malaria spreads, its symptoms, remedies as well as ways of preventing it. Platforms such as mass media, social media, rallies, religious meetings, and seminars play an essential role in educating the public. The NGOs relies on donations and peoples' goodwill, and you can celebrate this special day by donating to fight malaria.

World Malaria Day Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Wed
  • Apr 25, 2018

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
MondayMonJan 01, 2018Jan 01Global Family Day
ThursdayThuJan 04, 2018Jan 04World Braille Day
ThursdayThuJan 11, 2018Jan 11International Thank-You Day
TuesdayTueJan 30, 2018Jan 30World Leprosy Day
MondayMonFeb 12, 2018Feb 12Darwin Day
WednesdayWedFeb 21, 2018Feb 21International Mother Language Day
ThursdayThuFeb 22, 2018Feb 22World Thinking Day
ThursdayThuMar 01, 2018Mar 01International Day of the Seal
ThursdayThuMar 08, 2018Mar 08International Women's Day
TuesdayTueMar 20, 2018Mar 20World Frog Day
WednesdayWedMar 21, 2018Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
ThursdayThuMar 22, 2018Mar 22World Water Day
FridayFriMar 23, 2018Mar 23World Meteorological Day
SaturdaySatMar 24, 2018Mar 24Earth Hour
SaturdaySatMar 24, 2018Mar 24World TB Day
MondayMonApr 02, 2018Apr 02International Children's Book Day
SaturdaySatApr 07, 2018Apr 07World Health Day
ThursdayThuApr 12, 2018Apr 12Yuri's Night
TuesdayTueApr 17, 2018Apr 17International Special Librarian's Day
SaturdaySatApr 21, 2018Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
SundaySunApr 22, 2018Apr 22Earth Day
MondayMonApr 23, 2018Apr 23World Book Day
WednesdayWedApr 25, 2018Apr 25World Penguin Day
WednesdayWedApr 25, 2018Apr 25World Malaria Day
ThursdayThuMay 03, 2018May 03World Press Freedom Day
SaturdaySatMay 05, 2018May 05International Midwives Day
TuesdayTueMay 08, 2018May 08World Red Cross Day
ThursdayThuMay 10, 2018May 10World Lupus Day
SaturdaySatMay 12, 2018May 12International Nurses Day
SundaySunMay 13, 2018May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
TuesdayTueMay 15, 2018May 15International Day of Families
FridayFriMay 18, 2018May 18International Museum Day
MondayMonMay 21, 2018May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
TuesdayTueMay 22, 2018May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
WednesdayWedMay 23, 2018May 23World Turtle Day
ThursdayThuMay 24, 2018May 24Red Nose Day
ThursdayThuMay 24, 2018May 24World Schizophrenia Day
FridayFriMay 25, 2018May 25Towel Day
ThursdayThuMay 31, 2018May 31World No-Tobacco Day
SundaySunJun 03, 2018Jun 03World Bicycle Day
TuesdayTueJun 05, 2018Jun 05World Environment Day
FridayFriJun 08, 2018Jun 08World Ocean Day
ThursdayThuJun 14, 2018Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
SaturdaySatJun 16, 2018Jun 16International Day of the African Child
SundaySunJun 17, 2018Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
WednesdayWedJun 20, 2018Jun 20World Refugee Day
ThursdayThuJun 21, 2018Jun 21International Yoga Day
TuesdayTueJun 26, 2018Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
WednesdayWedJul 11, 2018Jul 11World Population Day
MondayMonJul 16, 2018Jul 16World Snake Day
SaturdaySatJul 28, 2018Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 05, 2018Aug 05International Friendship Day
WednesdayWedAug 08, 2018Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
ThursdayThuAug 09, 2018Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
FridayFriAug 10, 2018Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
SundaySunAug 12, 2018Aug 12International Youth Day
MondayMonAug 13, 2018Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
TuesdayTueAug 14, 2018Aug 14World Lizard Day
ThursdayThuAug 23, 2018Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
SaturdaySatSep 08, 2018Sep 08International Literacy Day
ThursdayThuSep 13, 2018Sep 13International Chocolate Day
SaturdaySatSep 15, 2018Sep 15Software Freedom Day
SaturdaySatSep 15, 2018Sep 15International Day of Democracy
SundaySunSep 16, 2018Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
WednesdayWedSep 19, 2018Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
FridayFriSep 21, 2018Sep 21World Gratitude Day
SaturdaySatSep 22, 2018Sep 22World Car-Free Day
SaturdaySatSep 29, 2018Sep 29Inventors Day
MondayMonOct 01, 2018Oct 01International Music Day
TuesdayTueOct 02, 2018Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
WednesdayWedOct 03, 2018Oct 03World Temperance Day
ThursdayThuOct 04, 2018Oct 04World Animal Day
FridayFriOct 05, 2018Oct 05World Teacher's Day
WednesdayWedOct 10, 2018Oct 10World Mental Health Day
TuesdayTueOct 16, 2018Oct 16World Food Day
WednesdayWedOct 17, 2018Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
WednesdayWedOct 24, 2018Oct 24United Nations Day
MondayMonOct 29, 2018Oct 29International Internet Day
ThursdayThuNov 08, 2018Nov 08World Town Planning Day
WednesdayWedNov 14, 2018Nov 14World Diabetes Day
ThursdayThuNov 15, 2018Nov 15World Philosophy Day
FridayFriNov 16, 2018Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
MondayMonNov 19, 2018Nov 19World Toilet Day
WednesdayWedNov 21, 2018Nov 21World Television Day
SundaySunNov 25, 2018Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
FridayFriNov 30, 2018Nov 30International Computer Security Day
SaturdaySatDec 01, 2018Dec 01World Aids Day
SundaySunDec 02, 2018Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
WednesdayWedDec 05, 2018Dec 05International Volunteers Day
FridayFriDec 07, 2018Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
MondayMonDec 10, 2018Dec 10Human Rights Day