The World Health Organization will be highlighting the serious and increasing threat of vector-borne diseases with the slogan ‘Small bite, big threat’ on this World Health Day that falls on April 7.

According to sources, a press release by the World Health Organization says that 40 percent of the global population that is at risk of malaria lives in the WHO South-East Asia region, which is home to a quarter of the world’s population.

Malaria is endemic in 10 of the 11 countries of the region: Bangladesh, Bhutan, North Korea, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste.

The World Health Organization also emphasized that these diseases are entirely preventable. To stop its spread, WHO has reportedly recommended an annual mass drug administration of single doses of two medicines to all people in the endemic areas.


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