As the Malaria Season Begins, Covid-19 Complicates the Picture

As the SADC marks Malaria Day, governments have warned citizens of the dangers of contracting malaria, especially with many expected to travel home for the festive season. According to the latest available data from the World Health Organization, 228 million malaria cases were confirmed globally in 2018 of which 405,000 people died. Malaria has been declared an epidemic in some parts of Africa, but the aim of the SADC region is to eliminate malaria by 2023, leaving just three years left to meet this ambitious goal. Africa's already heavily burdened healthcare system has been negatively affected by Covid-19 and the World Health Organisation warned that the pandemic could significantly disrupt malaria control activities too.

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A feeding female Anopheles stephensi mosquito. A. stephensi is a known vector for the parasitic disease malaria.

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