A child is dying every two minutes of malaria in the world, a disease that lasts two million people last year than in 2016, which has changed after years of success, the World Health Organization said. Health (WHO).
"It is unacceptable that every two minutes a child has died of this disease, which can be prevented and cured," wrote WHO Director General Tedros Adhan Ghebreyesus, who demanded more resources to fight this disease.
The WHO said in its report that 219 million infections occurred in 2017, two million more than in the previous year. 90 percent of cases in Africa and hard on children, according to international agencies quoted Telam,
Between 2010 and 2015, significant progress has been made in the fight against the disease, but since 2016 cases have risen again, particularly in the most affected African countries, such as Nigeria, Mozambique or the Congo.
"It's a great warning: we need a change of direction," said Tedros.
The World Health Organization has announced an initiative to support the most affected countries, with 70% of all cases being concentrated in Nigeria, Congo, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Uganda, Tanzania and India,
Malaria is transmitted by the bite of Anopheles mosquito, which attacks mainly at night and causes fever, anemia and neurological problems
Despite the high risk of malaria in the affected areas of Africa, in 2017 only half of the population, protected by insecticide-treated mosquito nets, were considered to be the main measures to prevent this disease.
The World Health Organization also noted that around $ 3.1 billion worldwide was spent last year to suppress this disease, but it will cost at least $ 6.6 billion a year to reduce infections and deaths by 90 percent annually. hundred by 2030.
"If the affected countries and the international community double their efforts, malaria can be overcome, I hope we can win the fight against this aging disease and return to our common goal: a world without malaria," said Tedros.
So far, there is no vaccine against this disease, but only prophylactic drugs commonly used by people who travel to high-risk areas or even offer comprehensive protection.