Stepping Up Malaria Fight in Africa
02, December 2020
The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging countries and global health partners to step up the fight against malaria as a new report shows that progress against the disease that continues to claim hundreds of thousands of lives every year has slowed down.
In the African region, which bears more than 90% of the global malaria burden, progress in reducing malaria infections and deaths has slowed owing mainly to the stalling of progress in several countries with moderate or high transmission, according to the WHO World Malaria Report 2020.
Globally, progress is also waning. In 2019 there were 229 million malaria cases – a figure that has remained virtually unchanged over the last four years. Deaths have also stayed relatively stagnant. The disease claimed some 409 000 lives in 2019 compared with 411 000 in 2018.