Malaria, a life-threatening disease transmitted by the female anopheles mosquito has continued to claim the lives of children, young people, and the elderly ones in most parts of the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the African region has been largely affected by 93% of malaria cases and 94% of malaria deaths. The United Nations set apart World Malaria Day to put an end to this illness.
World Malaria Report 2019 records that in Africa, pregnant women and young children especially under the age of 5 are at higher risk of being affected mostly by the illness despite the fact that the disease is preventable and also curable; other groups of people at higher risk of malaria are those living with HIV/AIDS, non-immune immigrants and travelers.
The theme for World Malaria Day 2020 is: “Zero malaria starts with me”, this campaign has been put together by the United Nations through the World Health Organization to reach the grassroots in order to empower people and communities to totally eradicate the malaria disease and to curb the number of deaths as a result of this illness.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) on this World Malaria Day urges all leaders, governments, private sector companies, and all members of the society to come together in the challenge for zero malaria across countries that are mostly affected. We believe that all-round peace for our societies and nations begin when life-threatening diseases are totally eradicated.