Malaria Deaths Could Exceed Covid-19’s due to Service Disruptions, WHO says

Amidst the pandemic, deaths due to malaria because of service disruptions will likely exceed mortalities due to Covid-19, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

Amidst the pandemic, deaths due to malaria because of service disruptions will likely exceed mortalities due to Covid-19, the World Health Organization said on Monday. 

The World Health Organization has released the World Malaria Report 2020 on Monday which highlighted the state of the countries battling malaria with disruptions due to the pandemic. 

Pedro Alonso, director of the WHO’s malaria program said that there could be deaths between 20,000 and 100,000 in sub-Saharan Africa due to malaria. 

“It’s very likely that excess malaria mortality is larger than the direct COVID mortality,” Alonso said. Progress in battling the disease has been hindered due to Covid-19 which disrupts access to treatment, the WHO reported. 

The WHO report found “that a 10% disruption in access to effective antimalarial treatment in sub-Saharan Africa could lead to 19 000 additional deaths. Disruptions of 25% and 50% in the region could result in an additional 46 000 and 100 000 deaths, respectively.”

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa urged partner organizations and countries to guarantee the resources needed to expand malaria programs in the region. 

In 2019, 94% of malaria cases and deaths come from the African region. 


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