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World Malaria Day

APRIL 25, 2021 (SUNDAY)

Luncheon Oak Brook, IL

The World Health Organization has designated April 25 as Malaria Day to bring awareness to a disease that has caused so much havoc in sub-Saharan Africa.

Malaria is curable and preventable, yet over 400,000 die from this disease every year. The common vector is the mosquito and the habitat for the carrier is standing water.

UN SDG #3 - Good Health and Well Being - has one of its target for 2030 as ending epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and others.

However, today, the situation on the ground is very different.

Ghana is the 15th highest burden country, and FONAA wants to draw more attention to the methods of preventing Malaria.

The good news is that since 2010 the number of deaths has dropped from about 400,000 to 40,000 even with higher hospital admissions. This could be due to the sick going to the health centers for treatment instead of staying at home.

The incidence of Malaria is across the nation and no district or region is spared from the disease.

A major limitation in the fight against Malaria is funding.

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