According to the World Health Organization (WHO), malaria killed over 600,000 people in Africa in 2021.
In a statement honoring World Malaria Day, Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, said this.
Every year on April 25, World Malaria Day is commemorated to raise awareness about malaria and its impact on families, communities, and societal development, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“Harnessing Innovation to Reduce Malaria Disease Burden and Save Lives” is the theme for this year.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Moeti claimed that major improvements in malaria prevention and control have been made in the past year, including the recommendation of the first malaria vaccine.
Malaria, on the other hand, is a “major public health and development challenge,” she said.
“Around 95 percent of the projected 228 million cases, as well as 602,020 recorded deaths, occurred in the WHO/AFRO Region last year.” Six of our countries, which have been hit hardest by malaria in the region, are said to account for up to 55 percent of cases and 50 percent of deaths worldwide,” according to the statement.
“Despite some sluggishness in reducing malaria cases and deaths, as well as the disruptions to health services caused by COVID-19, we are still far ahead of where we were in 2000.” We need to re-ignite that energy and build on previous accomplishments.
“Ultimately, we want to lower the number of individuals who contract malaria and die from it.” This necessitates a focus on research and the use of existing evidence to guarantee that our targeted treatments are cost-effective and yield demonstrable outcomes.
“We also need to work on medicine and pesticide resistance, as well as novel strains of malaria that are more difficult to detect and treat when they emerge in the Region.”