burden of malaria is being felt the most in Africa, especially in countries
such as Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. WHO is now urging cross-border
collaborations to fight the disease.
Africa recorded about 11 700 cases of the disease in 2014 and has potential to
eliminate malaria by 2020. However, according to other experts, frequent
traveling by natives from its neighbouring countries could pause problems and
fan spread of the disease into SA.
targeted action and cross-border collaboration, South Africa has the potential
to eliminate malaria by 2020," a report released by WHO on Monday says.
Swaziland and Zimbabwe are cited as the major sources of some of the malaria
cases reported in South Africa. Economic hardships in these countries are
forcing citizens to cross borders, mostly into South Africa to seek better
employment prospects and to buy goods for resale back home.
South African Department of Health said yesterday that SA has “reversed the
malaria incidents by 82% of the levels in the year 2000”.
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continent’s second largest economy and most industrialised country had also
bagged the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) award for achieving the
malaria goal of the MDGs at the ALMA meeting for Heads of State and Government
of the African Union earlier this year.
other countries could also be able to eradicate malaria by 2020 and according
to the WHO report, these are Algeria, Botswana, Cape Verde, Comoros and
estimates that 21 countries are in a position to achieve this goal, including
six countries in the African Region, where the burden of the disease is
heaviest," WHO said.
in all, about 214 million people are said to have suffered from malaria in
2015. About 438,000 of these culminated in deaths, prompting calls for greater
action in the fight against the disease3. Official statistics show that as many
as nine out of 10 deaths related to malaria are from Sub Saharan Africa.
commitment, dedication and support of all governments and partners, the vision
for malaria elimination and eradication is possible," said WHO.
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