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World Malaria Day: Theme, history, significance and all

Staff Correspondent
April 25, World Malaria Day. The day is observed every year to raise health awareness. The theme of this year's is “Harness innovation to reduce the malaria disease burden and save lives.”

It is also celebrated in Bangladesh like other countries of world. According to the Department of Health's Malaria Eradication Program, 94 percent of the country's total malaria cases are in the three hill districts.

Of these, Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachhari are identified as malaria prone and Cox's Bazar as Central Malaria prone.

According to a meeting of the Department of Health on the occasion of World Malaria Day, significant progress has been made in reducing the number of malaria patients and malaria deaths in the country from 2008 to 2021.

Compared to 2008, malaria-related illnesses have decreased by 94% and deaths by 93% in 2021. In 2021, the total number of malaria patients in Bangladesh was 7,294 and 9 people died.

The first Malaria Day was observed on April 25, 2001 in Africa. World Malaria Day was then proposed in 2007 at the 60th session of the World Health Assembly. Since then the day has been celebrated every year.
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