General Article World Malaria Report 2021 – A more accurate picture of the malaria burden in Africa

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Today, the World Health Organisation (WHO) published its annual World Malaria Report. The report shines a new light on the burden of malaria, using updated methodology to calculate the number of malaria deaths among children under five years of age. This new statistical method provides a much more precise cause-of-death estimate for young children for all diseases, including malaria, and is now being applied across the WHO.

The findings of the 2021 World Malaria Report are stark, revealing that malaria leads to more total deaths than previously thought: 627,000 in 2020, a significant increase from the 409,000 deaths reported in 2019. This increase is due in part to the revised number of malaria deaths among children under the age of five, with malaria now accounting for 7.8% of deaths, an increase from the previous 4.8%. The higher numbers also reflect wider issues with malaria control, as advances have stalled in recent years and there has been considerable disruption caused by the...

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