According to media reports, about 400 thousand people die annually from malaria in the world, more than 90% of them in sub-Saharan Africa. For example, only 50 thousand people have died from coronavirus in Africa, including its northern part, since the beginning of the year. At the same time, in sub-Saharan Africa, about 20 thousand deaths were recorded.
WHO believes that the pandemic can cause another 20-100 thousand deaths from malaria.
"In this region, far fewer people will die from COVID-19 than from malaria. So why are coronavirus and Ebola causing great concern, and malaria, from which hundreds of thousands of children die every year, is not?" WHO Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti says.
However, over the past 20 years, the fight against malaria in Africa has achieved a significant effect - doctors have prevented 1.5 billion cases of the disease and saved 7.6 million lives.
The number of deaths from malaria decreased from 736 thousand in 2000 to 409 thousand in 2019.
However, investments in malaria control have declined in recent years, and the pandemic could set the disease situation back.
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