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Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female mosquitoes. P. falciparum is the most deadly malaria parasite and the most prevalent in Africa, where malaria cases and deaths are heavily concentrated. The first symptoms of malaria fever, headache, chills and vomiting usually appear between 10 and 15 days after the mosquito bite. Without prompt treatment, P. falciparum malaria can progress to severe illness and death.

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Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 cover

The World Health Organization's Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016- 2030 has been developed with the aim to help countries to reduce the human suffering caused by the world's deadliest mosquito-borne disease.

Guidelines for the Treatment of Malaria - Third Edition Guidelines for the Treatment of Malaria - Third Edition cover

Malaria remains an important cause of illness and death in children and adults in countries in which it is endemic. Malaria control requires an integrated approach, including prevention (primarily vector control) and prompt treatment with effective antimalarial agents.

World Malaria Report 2014World Malaria Report 2014 cover

The World malaria report 2014 summarizes information received from 97 malaria endemic countries and other sources, and updates the analyses presented in 2013. It assesses global and regional malaria trends, highlights progress made towards global targets, and describes opportunities and challenges in controlling and eliminating the disease. Most of the data presented in this report are for 2013.

World Malaria Report 2014

From Malaria Control to Malaria EliminationFrom Malaria Control to Malaria Elimination cover

This report outlines the high burden of child maltreatment, its causes and consequences and the cost-effectiveness of prevention programmes. It makes compelling arguments for increased investment in prevention and, by offering policy-makers a preventive approach based on strong evidence and shared experience, it will help them respond to increased demands from the public to tackle child maltreatment.

Malaria Control in Humanitarian EmergenciesMalaria Control in Humanitarian Emergencies cover

This second edition represents a thorough updating and revision of the first edition. The structure remains similar, but includes an additional chapter on humanitarian coordination. All chapters have been revised to reflect changes in best practices, improvements in technologies, availability of new tools, and changes in WHO recommendations.

Management of Severe MalariaManagement of Severe Malaria cover

Malaria continues to be a major health problem in many parts of the world. Delay in treating malaria, especially P. falciparum - the species of the parasite that is the main cause of the severe forms of the disease - may result in rapid deterioration in the patient s condition, together with the development of a number of life-threatening complications.

Management of Severe Malaria

Defeating Malaria in Asia, the Pacific, Americas, Middle East and EuropeDefeating Malaria in Asia, the Pacific, Americas, Middle East and Europe  cover

This package aims to help a variety of health and community workers to provide age-appropriate guidance to caregivers of young children for stimulating cognitive, language and social-emotional development through play and communication.

Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test PerformanceMalaria Rapid Diagnostic Test Performance cover

The largest-ever independent, laboratory-based evaluation of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for malaria has shown that some tests on the market perform exceptionally well in tropical temperatures and can detect even low parasite densities in blood samples, while other tests were only able to detect the parasite at high parasite densities.