A short note from Dr. Amit Arwindekar on World Malaria Day: 

April 25 is World Malaria Day. Over the past two decades more than 7 million lives have been saved and over 1 billion malaria cases have been prevented1 in the fight against the disease. However, there is still so much more that needs to be done.

Despite the added challenges of COVID-19, we must not lose sight of the goals of malaria elimination. By promoting public health measures including mosquito control, early access to testing and treatment, on-going research to control malaria and access to protective equipment including adequate mosquito netting, we can help protect and accelerate gains against malaria and emerging diseases. If living in or traveling to an area that is affected by Malaria disease, it is important to take precautionary measures including preventative medications and also understand the symptoms of Malaria to look out for, including fever, headache and chills. UnitedHealthcare Global members and clients who have access to our Global Intelligence Center can find the latest intelligence reports on Malaria by logging in and searching for “Malaria” within the Medical Intelligence section. - Dr. Amit Arwindekar, Medical Director, North America, UnitedHealthcare Global