The worldwide progress in eradicating malaria has hit the wall for the past few years. World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Monday that around 400,000 people have (again) died from malaria last year.
In 2019, the global tally of the total number of cases stood at 229 million – the same as the previous four years.
Moreover, the death toll, that had been falling steadily, has also stood still for the last two years. The global death toll came down rapidly from 736,000 in 2000 to 411,000 in 2018. But, in 2019, the death toll remained the same – 409,000.
Death toll due to mosquito-borne illnesses, in sub-Saharan Africa will far exceed the death toll of Covid-19.
Our estimates are that depending on the level of service disruption (due to COVID-19) … there could be an excess of malaria deaths of somewhere between 20,000 and 100,000 in sub-Saharan Africa, most of them in young children,” Pedro Alsonso, director of the WHO’s malaria program, told reporters.
WHO also mentioned that the African countries were the ones taking the heaviest hits, and has suggested better targeting of interventions, new tools, and increased funding to put us right back into the game, and eliminate the disease as soon as possible.