Human Mobility and Malaria


Message of IOM, the UN Migration Agency, on World Malaria Day, 25th April 2018

UN Migration Agency Committed to Beating Malaria through Partnership and Action

Geneva – On World Malaria Day (25/04), IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and other global partners are promoting efforts to tackle malaria, one of the oldest, yet most pervasive public health threats of our time.

In 2016, there were over 216 million cases of malaria globally, 445,000 malaria related deaths, and USD 2.7 billion invested in prevention, treatment and elimination of the disease. Africa contributes to nearly 90 per cent of the global burden of malaria. 

 “In the world today, an unprecedented number of people are on the move and migration can pose challenges to malaria control and elimination. However, we have the tools to beat malaria – and we will – with the partnership and action called for at the January meeting of African and world leaders in Addis Ababa,” said Jacqueline Weekers, IOM’s Director of Migration Health.

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Human Mobility and Malaria  - Overview

Malaria continues to be a global public health concern that disrupts development goal progress for many countries despite significant progress in reducing malaria cases and deaths around the world. Human mobility and migration pose as major challenges in malaria elimination and control. In today’s globalized world, an unprecedented number of people are on the move through multi-directional, seasonal or circular pathways within and across borders. Various factors include better opportunities, rapid urbanization, proliferation of mega-cities, and forced displacement due to armed conflict or climate change-included natural disasters, among others. Current reports indicate that there are 232 million international and 740 million internal migrants, and fifty per cent (50%) of them are women in the reproductive age group.

World Malaria Day 2018 - Infographics (English only)

Ready to Beat Malaria Why Acting Against Malaria
Now is Critical
Global Scale of Malaria Progress Against Malaria



Stories of Resilience

A Mother’s Burden – Preventing Malaria in South Sudan: 

Preventable diseases like malaria quickly become a deadly threat in South Sudan,
a country affected by over four years of post-independence civil war,
lack of basic services and rising humanitarian needs. As in much of East Africa,
malaria is a leading cause of illness and death in South  Sudan,
where access to health care is extremely limited.  Read more
Read more stories:

One Migrant Health Worker Determined to Put an End to Malaria
Community-based Malaria Prevention, Detection and Treatment in Myanmar