Covid-19 May Have Slowed Africa's Parasitic Disease Fight

The Covid-19 pandemic has turned the clock back by years, in the fight against other diseases. It has interrupted research, trials and other efforts to ease the public health burden. A regimen for Parkinson's disease, for example, was to begin clinical trials this year. But this was postponed because of the pandemic. Researchers have warned that if Covid-19 halts distribution of long-lasting insecticidal nets, cases of malaria may increase by 206 million, with deaths totaling 379,000 in sub-Saharan Africa. Among the health conditions that might have faced a setback is leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease associated with poverty issues like malnutrition and poor housing, writes Bernard Ong'ondo Osero, Dr. Ramona Hurdayal and Raphael Taiwo Aruleba for The Conversation Africa.


An official from the Nairobi Health Department disinfects a street (file photo).

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