The Fight Against Malaria on the African Continent

Originally posted on The Sojourner Project:

Cross-linked with Bertelsmann Stiftung – Future Challenges

Malaria Testing Exercise in Kisumu, Kenya. Credit: US Army Africa – (CC BY 2.0)

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), malaria caused an estimated 655,000 deaths (with an uncertainty range of 537,000 to 907,000), mostly among African children in 2010. WHO’s World Malaria Report 2011, indicates that there were about 216 million cases of malaria (with an uncertainty range of 149 million to 274 million) globally.

The oft-cited stat is that an African child dies of malaria every minute. Other estimates say that about 90 percent of malaria deaths are on the continent of Africa, among whom about 90 percent are children under the age of 5.

Malaria is a febrile illness with prevalence across the Global South (it is largely eradicated in North America as of the mid-twentieth century). Initial symptoms of Malaria include  fever, headache, chills…

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