Ondjiva — The Secretary of State for Health, Carlos Alberto Masseca, arrived on Friday morning in the southern Cunene province, to preside over the main event of the World Malaria Day, taking place in the border locality of Santa-Clara.
At his arrival the Secretary of State was welcomed by the vice-governors of Cunene for Technical and Infrastructural, Cristo Mário Ndeitunga and vice-governor for Political and Social Matters, José de Nascimento Veyelenge, with whom he held a courtesy meeting at the protocol room of the local airport.
Then, the delegation integrated by the representatives of WHO, UNICEF, Cuban cooperation and senior officials of the Ministry of Health left for Namacunde municipality, to attend the rally.
World Malaria Day (WMD) is commemorated every year on 25 April and recognises global efforts to control malaria.
Globally, 3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk of malaria.
World Malaria Day sprung out of the efforts taking place across the African continent to commemorate Africa Malaria Day. WMD is one of eight official global public health campaigns currently marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Hepatitis Day and World AIDS Day.
World Malaria Day was established in May 2007 by the 60th session of the World Health Assembly, WHO's decision-making body. The day was established to provide "education and understanding of malaria" and spread information on "year-long intensified implementation of national malaria-control strategies, including community-based activities for malaria prevention and treatment in endemic areas.
World Malaria Day allows for corporations (such as Exxon Mobile), multinational organizations (such as Malaria No More) and grassroots organizations (such as Mosquitoes Suck Tour) globally to work together to bring awareness to malaria and advocate for policy changes.