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World Malaria Day 2013

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A woman gets Rapid Diagnostic Testing for malaria at a health facility in BossasoA woman undergoes rapid diagnostic testing for malaria at a health facility in BossasoMalaria remains the most common cause of illness and death in Somalia, particularly among pregnant women and children under the age of five. During 2012, malaria trend continued to decrease, as a result of a coordinated effort of WHO, health authorities and partners against the disease.

At the core of the intervention was the strengthening of the detection system, followed by prompt and effective treatment. To improve the capacity for early diagnosis, WHO provided training in rapid diagnostic testing to 43 nongovernmental organizations and in malaria microscopy to 30 health workers.

Prevention activities were also scaled up to control malaria morbidity. Almost 4500 long lasting impregnated nets were distributed to 41 hospitals and insecticide-residual spraying campaigns were carried out in almost 60 000 households throughout Somalia, mainly in IDP settlements in Mogadishu and targeted villages in northeast and northwest zones.

World Malaria Day is celebrated on 25 April every year.The global campaign theme for 2013 and the coming years is: Invest in the future: Defeat malaria. 

Related links

World Malaria Day

Fact sheet on malaria

World Malaria Report 2012

Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s)12 316
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 732
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 55.4

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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