World Malaria Day: using technology to save lives

On World Malaria Day 2014, a review of the past decade shows enormous achievements in malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The goal, however, is getting to zero. Zero deaths from malaria. Today we have the tools and the operational approach to reach this goal.

Since 2000, malaria mortality rates have fallen by more than 25 per cent. However, malaria still kills an estimated 627,000 people worldwide. The majority of these deaths are children under five years of age. Africa bears the malaria burden with more than 90 per cent of the world's malaria deaths.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) supports the work of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to rapidly and equitably scale-up malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment at community level. The first level of health care is the household. With almost 21,000 Red Cross Red Crescent community-based volunteers worldwide, we are able to reach millions of households in the most vulnerable communities, empowering them to respond comprehensively to malaria and thus strengthening community resilience.

Technology and innovations are at the core of our approach and can help achieve sustainable results in the fight against the disease. However, we must sustain investment, innovation and political will to ensure continued progress and prevent resurgence of malaria.

Malaria and technology slideshow

Stories from around the world

Communities and the Red Cross joining forces to defeat malaria in Kenya

Lydia Nambiro, 32, is a mother of three who lives in a village in Kenya’s Lake Victoria region, ...

Harnessing the power of social media for malaria in Southeast Asia

Malaria affects an estimated 207 million people worldwide and kills up to 627,000 each year.

Using technology to save lives in Sierra Leone

April 15 th 2013, Sierra Leone: The telecommunications industry and International Federation of R...