Each year on 25 April, World Malaria Day presents an opportunity for us all to reflect and highlight global efforts to end malaria – a preventable and treatable disease that continues to steal the life of a child every two minutes.
This year, we celebrate the countries that have achieved zero malaria since 2000 and encourage other nations to renew their commitment to ending the disease. With the past twenty years seeing more than 7 million lives saved, 1.5 billion cases prevented, and more countries than ever now approaching elimination, we’ve seen how incredible progress can be with the right tools and political will. This past year, as the world has tackled COVID-19, the fight to end malaria has become even harder, but we must protect the progress we've made to ensure we continue to save lives and stay on the path to end malaria for good.
Global campaign Zero Malaria - Draw The Line Against Malaria has launched ‘My Name Is Muundo’, a new animation exploring the story behind the campaign’s iconic artwork: a new universal language to unite the world against malaria. Featuring the voice of Grammy Award-winning Nigerian Afropop artist, actress and activist Yemi Alade, the animation helps show how we all can play a part in ending malaria in a generation.
The Muundo is a visual language beautifully crafted by Nigerian artist Láolú Senbanjo to unite the world across borders to end malaria. In this powerful film, award-winning animation studio LOBO brings the artwork to life using a blend of different techniques and textures to illustrate the bold energy of the campaign.
At zeromalaria.org, you can draw your own line and add to a growing global mural that will be delivered to leaders as a call to action this June at the Kigali Summit on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, held on the eve of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda.
Ending malaria is a pathway to building a safer, stronger world for us all. Investments in ending malaria reduce the burden on health systems worldwide – and increase capacity to prevent, detect and respond to pandemics like COVID-19.
Through innovation, investment, determination and commitment we can achieve zero malaria in our lifetime. Let's use World Malaria Day to unite and Draw The Line Against Malaria at zeromalaria.org – together we can be the generation to end this disease once and for all.