Monday, October 21

Ending Malaria

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Whilst the malaria burden is carried largely by sub-saharan Africa, there has been some improvement in its eraditcation in the north of the continent.
In 2017, sub-saharan Africa, was home to 92% of malaria cases and 93% of malaria deaths. But in Algeria, where the malaria parasite was first discovered in humans almost a century and a half ago, there is no more malaria making Algeria the third African nation to become malaria free, after Mauritius in 1973 and Morocco in 2010.
Although WHO has declared 38 countries malaria-free since 1955, the fight against malaria has stalled as malaria-carrying mosquitoes have become resistant to drugs and insecticides in bednets that protect people from being bitten while sleeping.
“Now Algeria has shown the rest of Africa that malaria can be beaten through country leadership, bold action, sound investment and science. The rest of the continent can learn from this experience,” Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s regional director for Africa, said in a statement.

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