To mark World Malaria Day, PATH is participating in events in Seattle and Berkeley, California, on April 24 and 25, celebrating the strides we have made against malaria and looking forward to future innovation and progress.
Each year, malaria sickens more than 200 million people and kills more than 620,000–most of them young children in sub-Saharan Africa. Affected countries, donors, health organizations, and communities are working together to increase access to effective malaria prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for hundreds of millions of people. Since 2000, malaria death rates among young children have been cut in half, and more than 3.3 million lives have been saved.
On April 24, PATH hosts our seventh annual World Malaria Day program. This year's event, "Innovation in Action: Invest in the Future, Defeat Malaria," will highlight PATH's work in fighting malaria and our commitment to investing in the future with innovations that are paving the way toward malaria elimination.
A panel of three PATH experts will share their perspectives on innovation: Ponni Subbiah, leader of our Drug Development Program; Ashley Birkett, director of the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative; and Rikka Trangsrud, leader of our Kenya Program. Kent Campbell, director of our Malaria Control Program, will open the program, and Steve Davis, our president and CEO, will provide closing remarks. Before and after the panel discussion, a community marketplace will feature our Northwest-based partners sharing their latest work in the fight against malaria.
The event takes place from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at our Seattle headquarters, 2201 Westlake Ave. Registration, which is free, is required.
PATH will also be participating in the Bay Area World Malaria Day Symposium on April 25. The area's top malaria experts and advocates will gather for a day of knowledge-sharing and collaboration. The symposium provides a forum for researchers, implementers, and policymakers to inspire and catalyze change for the greater good. Registration is required.
Between now and May 2, help us move toward a malaria-free future by telling us what you're doing to #DefeatMalaria. Tweet your thoughts, a photo, or a thank you message to a malaria champion using #DefeatMalaria.