World Malaria Day: WHO decries increasing cases of malaria

About 95 percent of the estimated 228 million cases of malaria in the last year occurred in the WHO/AFRO Region, leading to 602,020 deaths.

The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, stated this in her message to mark the 2022 World Malaria Day.

According to WHO, malaria remains a significant public health and development challenges.

It stated that six African countries with the worst cases of malaria in the region, are reported to have accounted for up to 55 percent of cases globally, and 50 percent of recorded deaths.

The WHO Regional Director called for urgent scaling up of innovation and the deployment of new tools in the fight against malaria while advocating for equitable access to malaria prevention and treatment.

However, Dr. Moeti added that the past year has seen significant breakthroughs in malaria prevention and control, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said the Landmark recommendations on the use of the first vaccine against malaria were released by the World Health Organisation late last year.

This vaccine will be used to prevent malaria among children aged six months to five years, who live in moderate- to high – transmission settings.

RadioNig/Cynthia Akere

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