WHO: Malaria fight disrupted by pandemic

7 December 2021
2021-12-07 13:47

According to WHO’s latest World Malaria report , there were an estimated 241 million malaria cases and 627 000 malaria deaths worldwide in 2020.

This represents about 14 million more cases in 2020 compared to 2019, and 69 000 more deaths. Approximately two thirds of these additional deaths (47 000) were linked to disruptions in the provision of malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment during the pandemic.

Pedro Alonso, Director, WHO's global malaria programme said "I think we are on the verge of a potential malaria crisis, where not only are we (not) getting closer to elimination or eradication globally, but the problem (is) becoming worse in a substantial number of parts of Africa.

Sub-Saharan Africa accounted, roughly, for at least 95% of all malaria cases and deaths in 2020, the agency said.

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