Coronavirus pandemic could set back fight against Malaria, warns WHO

The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concerns that gaps in life-saving interventions are compromising the efforts to curb Malaria amid fears that the ongoing pandemic could set back the progress made in fight against the disease even further.

As per the World Malaria Report that was released on December 1, the situation is particularly concerning in high-burden countries in Africa. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “It is time for leaders across Africa – and the world – to rise once again to the challenge of malaria, just as they did when they laid the foundation for the progress made since the beginning of this century.”

Adding further, he said, “Through joint action, and a commitment to leaving no one behind, we can achieve our shared vision of a world free of malaria.”  

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