Tebogo Msimanga |
South Africa joins the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to commemorate Malaria Day, which is observed today, 06 November 2020. The theme for SADC Malaria Day 2020 is, “Community Involvement is Key to Achieving Zero Malaria” and Slogan – “Together We Defeat Malaria.”
Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected Anopheles mosquitoes, which generally bite at night. Malaria is preventable, treatable and curable.
The 2019 World Malaria Report, released by the WHO, states that malaria cases decreased globally from an estimated 251 million in 2010, to 228 million in 2018, a decline of 9%.
Whilst many parts of Africa have a high burden of malaria, some Southern African countries including South Africa report relatively lower transmission.
South Africa has made steady progress in reducing malaria morbidity and mortality over the past decades.
Malaria cases have decreased by 78% from 64,622 cases in the year 2000 compared to 13,833 cases in the year 2019, and malaria deaths have also decreased by 82%, from 459 to 79 deaths between 2000 and 2019.