Covid-19 puts Africa’s fight against malaria on the back foot

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Covid-19 puts Africa’s fight against malaria on the back foot

New data from the WHO shows a marked increase in cases and deaths

Senior reporter

The global malaria death rate increased for the first time since 2000 due to Covid-19 disruptions and children in Africa were hardest hit.

This is according to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) latest malaria report, which also revealed that a child now dies from malaria every minute on the African continent, compared with every two minutes, as reported before the pandemic.

The report indicates that this increase in cases and deaths is due to disruptions in the provision of malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment...

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