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World Malaria Day Celebrations at IGNOU on 25th April, 2019

16 April, 2019

After more than a decade of steady advances in fighting malaria, progress has levelled off. According to WHO’s latest World malaria report, no significant gains were made in reducing malaria cases in the period 2015 to 2017. The estimated number of malaria deaths in 2017, at 435 000, remained virtually unchanged over the previous year.Urgent action is needed to get the global response to malaria back on track – and ownership of the challenge lies in the hands of countries most affected by malaria.

The theme for World Malaria Day 2019 - ‘Zero Malaria Starts with Me’ – will empower individuals across the world to make a personal commitment to saving millions more lives, and help communities and economies to thrive by ending malaria. Decades of significant progress against the disease have slowed as cases of malaria increased in 2016 and 2017, after more than a decade of steep decline. This global movement seeks to re-energise the fight to eliminate the disease, which still threatens half of the global population and kills one child every two minutes.

World Malaria Day presents an opportunity to engage global leaders, civil society, the private sector, academic institutions and the general public in countries around the world.

In order to address this major problem, School of Sciences, IGNOU in collaboration with Public Health Department, South Zone,SDMC (South Delhi Municipal Corporation) is celebrating the World Malaria Day on April 25th, 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. at the Baba Saheb Ambedkar Convention Centre.

Lectures by eminent experts shall be delivered on this occasion. An exhibition on Malaria Prevention and Control for general awareness shall also be held. Various exhibits on different stages of mosquito life cycle, fogging machines, insecticidal nets, and other means to control the mosquito breeding shall be displayed. The programme will also include Poster display by Research Scholars engaged in this field. SDMC shall also be distributing pamphlets on general awareness to control and ultimately eradicate malaria.

The honourable Vice Chancellor of IGNOU shall be presiding over the programme. The programme will be webcasted live to all the Regional Centres.