The Telegraph’s Jennifer Rigby reports:
Malaria will still kill many more people, particularly children, in sub-Saharan Africa this year than Covid-19, health leaders from the region have said, lamenting the lack of urgency in tackling the age-old disease.
Around 400,000 people die every year from malaria globally, more than 90 per cent of them in sub-Saharan Africa.
By comparison, so far this year, Covid-19 has killed 50,000 people across Africa, including north Africa. Closer to 20,000 have died in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the best estimates.
The World Health Organization has suggested that the pandemic could result in between 20,000 and 100,000 additional malaria deaths, too.
Launching this year’s World Malaria Report, the World Health Organisation’s Africa chief, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said: “Certainly, the number of deaths will be much fewer for Covid-19 than for malaria [in this region]. The question is, why does it cause so much alarm with an acute event like Covid-19 or Ebola, and why is it so ordinary and normal that hundreds of thousands of children are dying of malaria every year? Why doesn’t it raise that alarm, that response to investment?”
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