Canada Because of the corona pandemic: WHO expects thousands of additional malaria deaths

11:45  30 november  2020
11:45  30 november  2020 Source:   fitforfun.de

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Deaths from malaria due to disruptions during the coronavirus pandemic to services designed to tackle the mosquito-borne disease will far exceed those killed by COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa, the World Health Organization warned on Monday.

Eine Mücke der Gattung © Stephen Morrison / EPA FILE / dpa A mosquito of the genus "Anopheles gambiae", a well-known propagator of malaria, sucks blood from its arm. The number of malaria cases fell slightly from 238 million in 2000 to 229 million in 2019. If doctors are so intensely concerned with the corona virus, there is no help in the fight against other serious diseases - such as malaria. The World Health Organization fears that the number of malaria deaths could rise sharply.

Because of the corona pandemic , according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there could be tens of thousands of additional deaths from malaria this year.

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WHO fact sheet on malaria providing key facts, definition, information on transmission, symptoms, who is at risk, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, insecticide resistance, surveillance, elimination, vaccines and The WHO African Region carries a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden.

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Many children's lives are at risk

Depending on how severely the malaria health services have been disrupted because of the pandemic, there could be between 20,000 and 100,000 more malaria deaths than expected - most of them children - said Pedro Alonso, the head of malaria Program at the WHO.

Number of malaria deaths increased significantly

According to a WHO report published on Monday, around 409,000 people worldwide died of malaria in 2019, most of them in Africa.

According to the report, the number of malaria cases has fallen slightly from 238 million in 2000 to 229 million in 2019. However, the number of cases has remained almost unchanged over the past four years.

"We need renewed engagement in the fight (...) against malaria", said the WHO head for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti. The causative agent of the life-threatening infectious disease is transmitted through a mosquito bite.

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In addition to confirmed deaths , excess mortality captures COVID-19 deaths that were not correctly diagnosed and reported2 as well as deaths from other causes that are attributable to the overall crisis This means both metrics are needed to understand the total death toll of the pandemic .

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The experts criticized that malaria does not get nearly as much attention and funding as the coronavirus. "It should create outrage that a treatable and preventable disease kills nearly 400,000 each year," said Moeti.

Important lessons from the corona pandemic

However, important lessons can be learned from the corona pandemic, said Peter Sands, head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

On the one hand, the collection of precise data on the course of an outbreak is extremely important in order to be able to act in a targeted manner. On the other hand, it must be recognized that not only the coronavirus but also malaria have serious economic consequences for the countries concerned.

And finally, according to Sands, it needs significantly more financial resources. The annual global expenditure on the fight against malaria is around three billion dollars (2.5 billion euros). This is actually a shockingly low figure for a disease "that kills more than 400,000 people," Sands said.

According to the WHO, around 1.45 million people have died from or with Corona so far. According to experts, without the drastic measures it would be many times that.

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