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Malaria: WHO deeply regrets death of 384.000 people in African region in 2020

Praia, Apr 26 (Inforpress) – The Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, deeply regrets the 384.000 “preventable” deaths were recorded due malaria in the African region in 2020.

In his message on the World Malaria Day 2021, which takes place on this Sunday, whose theme is “Zero malaria – draw the line against malaria”, Matshidiso Moeti said all cases of malaria are “preventable” and all malaria deaths are “unacceptable”.

He recalled that in 2019, of the 229 million malaria cases and 409.000 malaria deaths reported worldwide, 94 percent (%) have been recorded in the WHO African region, despite the “great progress” made in responding to malaria in the region.

“Cabo Verde has maintained the status of malaria-free country since 2018, Algeria was certified malaria-free in 2019 and Botswana, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Namibia and South Africa achieved the milestones set for 2020, reducing the incidence and number of malaria deaths by 40% compared to 2015,” he said, referring to countries have achieved the goals of elimination malaria.



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