For World Malaria Day 2020 we have given you a breakdown on some key facts. Malaria is serious, life-threatening and is caused by a parasite that is spread by mosquitoes.
Pregnant women, infants, children under 5 years of age and patients with HIV/AIDS are at risk of severe disease.
In 2018 there were 228 million malaria cases worldwide and 405,000 malaria associated deaths. 93% of these cases were in Africa.
Unfortunately, we are off track on some targets, and people are not getting access to the tools for preventing, detecting and treating malaria.
Campaigns such as “Zero malaria starts with me” that was launched in Senegal in 2014 have been endorsed by all African Heads of State. A campaign that engages all.
Despite not making crucial targets, there is some good news for some. In 2019, Algeria and Argentina were declared as malaria-free.
Interventions such as vector control and vaccine development are still ongoing with high hopes.
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