International Day of the Girl Child 2022

International Day of the Girl Child 2022

11 October marks the International Day of the Girl Child. The day highlights the needs and challenges girls face, while aiming to promote girls' empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. Today, we explore the particular challenges posed by malaria for girls, and initiatives to help address them.


Slide 1- Antje Mangelsdorf; Slide 2- Antje Mangelsdorf; Slide 3- Maud Lugand/MMV; Slide 4- Toby Madden/Transaid; Slide 5- Elizabeth Poll/MMV; Slide 6- Ben Moldenhauer/MMV; Slide 7- Antje Mangelsdorf; Slide 8-Anna Wang/MMV ; Slide 9- Damien Schumann; Slide 10-Daniel San Martin/ MMV


1. UNICEF, Adolescent Health Dashboard. April 2021.

2. Ibid

3. Poku-Awuku, A., Banerji, J. Buj de Lauwerier, V., Menendez, C., Gonzalez, R., and Pons-Duran, C. Eliminating malaria in southeast Asia requires more attention on adolescent girls. Lancet Child and adolescent health, comment, volume 5, issue 12, p841-843, December 01, 2021; UN Sustainable Development Goals Indicator Repository. Accessed 4th July 2022.

4. Poku-Awuku, A., Ferazzi, S., Halil, K., Majeres-Lugand, M., Buj de Lauwerier, V., Pons-Duran, C., Lai, J., Menéndez, C., and González, R., Increasing access to malaria interventions for adolescent girls is an important step toward malaria eliminationGHTC Blog. Accessed 6th July 2022; WHO, Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and ageing data portal. Geneva: World Health Organization. Accessed 6th July 2022.

5. RBM Partnership to End Malaria, Let's protect more expectant mothers and their babies from malaria! (open letter). 

6. Ibid

7. Mwangangi, M. Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health, Kenya. Protecting adolescents against malaria virtual event. March 2022. 

8. WHO, WHO Guidelines for the Treatment of Malaria. 3rd edn. World Health Organization, Geneva April, 2015.