Malaria Programs Largely On Track Despite Pandemic-Related Challenges, New Data Shows

The Telegraph: Catastrophe avoided as malaria control measures on track across the world
“More than 90 percent of malaria control programs are on track this year, despite restrictions imposed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, new data has found. Deliveries of insecticide-treated mosquito nets, spraying, and preventive treatments for children and pregnant women across Africa, Asia, and the Americas are all going ahead as planned, according to the RBM Partnership to End Malaria. … Many global health experts had feared that disruptions to health services caused by the pandemic and associated lockdowns could see what has been described as a ‘catastrophic’ spike in malaria infections. … The World Health Organization warned in April that malaria deaths could double if essential programs were disrupted. Now, while cases and mortality rates are still expected to rise as a result of disruptions to health services, it is hoped that the worst case scenario has been avoided…” (Rigby, 10/1).

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