Remember the Malaria Scourge as World Fights COVID-19

The World Health Organisation has urged countries to move fast and distribute malaria prevention and treatment tools at this stage of the COVID-19 outbreak in sub-Saharan Africa, and to do their utmost to safely maintain these essential malaria control services.

Malaria in pregnancy is a major public health issue across sub-Saharan Africa. It contributes to the death of 10,000 women and causes 100,000 newborn deaths each year. The WHO recommends that from the fourth month of pregnancy, pregnant women should receive anti-malarial drugs once a month for at least 3 months.

A female Anopheles mosquito (file photo).

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