WHO: Nigeria, Others Tasked With Drug, Insecticide Resistance, New Malaria strains On World Malaria Day


The World Health Organization (WHO) marked World Malaria Day by urging Nigeria and other malaria endemic countries to focus on drug and insecticide resistance, as well as new strains of malaria parasites arising from the region, which are more difficult to detect and treat.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, said that malaria still continues to pose a major public health and development challenge. She said that as at last year, about 95 percent of the estimated 228 million cases occurred in the WHO/AFRO Region, along with 602 020 reported deaths.

She said that six of the countries that were most affected by malaria in the Region, were reported to have accounted for up to 55 percent of cases globally, and for 50 per cent of these deaths.

“Malaria is, however, much more than medical and technological interventions. Malaria affects households and communities, and these communities need to be empowered to play an active role in the fight against this disease. As WHO in Africa, we recognize that a whole-of-society approach requires us to listen to, and learn from, those who are worst impacted.”

Noting that World Malaria Day is an occasion to renew political commitment and encourage continued investment in malaria prevention and control, she called on the countries and communities that are affected by malaria to work closely with development partners to advance the countries along the road to elimination, while contributing to the achievement of other Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.