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    Mosquitoes around the home can be reduced significantly by minimizing the amount of standing water available for mosquito breeding. Residents are urged to reduce standing water around the home in a variety of ways.


    The best way is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.This can be accomplished using personal protecting  while outdoors when mosquitoes are present. Treated bed nets should be used sleeping. Mosquito repellent should be used when outdoor.


    Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of getting malaria. Pregnant women are particularly at risk of malaria. Children under 5 years are at high risk of malaria.


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Getting to zero: WHO holds global forum to accelerate malaria elimination progress

Senior representatives from national malaria control programmes around the world recently gathered in Geneva to share knowledge and best practices towards a common goal: “Getting to zero” by the year 2020. 
The global forum, convened by WHO in March, provided a platform to review country-level progress towards elimination and devise strategies for the way forward. 
“We have 45 months to eliminate malaria in 21 countries," said Devanand Moonasar, Director of South Africa’s National Department of Health, who chaired the opening session. "We need action, and the time for action is now.” 
According to WHO estimates, an increasing number of countries are moving towards malaria elimination. In 2000, an estimated 13 countries had fewer than 1000 cases of malaria; by 2015, 33 countries had achieved this milestone. Similarly, the number of countries with fewer than 100 cases of malaria, and with fewer than 10 cases of the disease, has increased sharply since 2000.
In April 2016, WHO identified 21 countries with the potential to achieve zero indigenous cases of malaria by 2020. 

The analysis, published on World Malaria Day, was based on trends in malaria case incidence between 2000 and 2014; the declared malaria objectives of affected countries; and the informed opinions of WHO experts in the field. 

Together, these 21 countries represent the “E-2020”. The recent 2-day meeting in Geneva included representatives from 20 of these countries, along with WHO staff and invited observers.

To guide countries in this final effort, WHO has developed a new framework for malaria elimination with a set of tools and strategies for interrupting transmission and preventing re-establishment of the disease. 
Launched at the meeting in March, the framework builds on and supersedes WHO’s 2007 guidance on elimination. WHO’s 2017 elimination framework is fully aligned with the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030. Eliminating malaria in at least 10 countries by 2020 is a key target of the global strategy.

Credit: WHO