Ending malaria in Africa needs to focus on poverty: quick fixes won't cut it
Ending malaria in Africa needs to focus on poverty: quick fixes won’t cut it
Globally more than 400,000 people die of malaria annually. Africa carries a disproportionate burden of the disease. In 2019, 94% of deaths and cases were recorded in the region.
History shows that two centuries ago, malaria was ravaging some countries in Europe at rates similar to those being experienced in Africa today. In Italy for example, at the end of the 19th century there were two million cases of malaria annually and 15,000 to 20,000 deaths each year. By 1970, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared Italy malaria free.
There is a very stark contrast between how Europe responded to malaria back then and how Africa – and countries in other developing regions – continue …
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