The World Health Organization announced today, Monday, that gaps in funding processes have undermined efforts to limit spread of malaria, especially on African continent, where Covid19 disease caused by infection with emerging coronavirus is also expected to cause or setbacks.
A recent WHO report indicated that in 2019, 229 million cases of malaria were reported in world, and this number has remained almost unchanged over last four years.
The disease caused about 409 thousand deaths worldwide in 2019 compared to 411 thousand deaths in 2018, most of m in Africa, where it accounted for more than 90% of total cases in world.
The organization said that with provision of adequate funding, it will be possible to succeed in combating malaria, a disease that can be prevented and treated.
In year 2000, African leaders signed a pledge to reduce rate of malaria mortality by half over a period of ten years, which led to a steady increase in funding and an “unprecedented period of success” in following years, according to World Health Organization, and since 2000 continent has managed to reduce Malaria deaths increased by 44%, from 680,000 cases to 384,000 cases annually.
The organization added that when funding decreased, number of injuries and deaths due to disease increased, and Corona pandemic doubled tragedy and posed or challenges to providing necessary health services, according to organization’s report.