Africa Continues to Shoulder Heaviest Malaria Burden – WHO Report

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Each year the World Health Organization (WHO) provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of trends in malaria control and elimination across the globe.

WHO, in its annual malaria report, new data that shows that countries around the world largely held the line against further setbacks to malaria prevention, testing, and treatment services in 2021. There have been about 619,000 people killed by malaria globally in 2021, compared to 625,000 in the first year of the pandemic (2020).Before the pandemic struck, the number of deaths stood at 568,000.

WHO says that malaria is the number one killer of children in sub-Saharan Africa, accounting for about 80% of all malaria deaths of children under age 5 every year.

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