WHO report shared on Monday said that In 2020, COVID-19 emerged as a further challenge to the supply of essential health services worldwide.
Consistent with the report, most malaria prevention campaigns were ready to move forward this year without major delays.
Ensuring access to malaria prevention – like insecticide-treated nets and preventive medicines for youngsters – has supported the COVID-19 response strategy by reducing the number of malaria infections and, in turn, easing the strain on health systems.
WHO said we worked swiftly to supply countries with guidance to adapt their responses and make sure the safe delivery of malaria services during the pandemic.
WHO cares that even moderate disruptions in access to treatment could lead on to a substantial loss of life WHO said.
The report finds, for instance , that a tenth disruption in access to effective antimalarial treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa could lead on to 19 000 additional deaths. Disruptions of 25% and 50% within the region could end in a further 46 000 and 100 000 deaths, respectively.
“While Africa has shown the planet what are often achieved if we stand together to finish malaria as a public health threat, progress has stalled,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “COVID-19 threatens to further derail our efforts to beat malaria, particularly treating people with the disease. Despite the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on African economies, international partners and countries got to do more to make sure that the resources are there to expand malaria programmes which are making such a difference in people’s lives.”