Maintaining essential services for malaria in low-resource countries
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Maintaining essential services for malaria in low-resource countries

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    Updated July 15, 2020

    In 2018, there were about 228 million cases of malaria leading to an estimated 405,000 deaths worldwide; 94% of these deaths occurred in the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region [1], where malaria is a leading cause of death. While the past decade has seen a reduction in malaria incidence, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, to maintain these gains, it is imperative for malaria-endemic countries to continue to focus on malaria control efforts in addition to efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Modellingexternal icon analysis by WHO and partners suggests that if essential malaria interventions are significantly disrupted due to COVID-19 challenges, numbers of malaria cases will significantly increase, and death rates could double [2]. Ministries of Health and National Malaria Control Programs (NMCPs) need to ensure that malaria prevention and treatment activities are implemented while also protecting patients, health care providers, and public health officials from COVID-19 exposure. The following are some key considerations for continuing essential malaria prevention and control activities safely and effectively; these should supplement country Ministry of Health guidance.

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    Malaria/COVID-19 National Strategy -- Insecticide-Treated Nets -- Indoor Residual Spraying -- Entomological Monitoring -- Case Management -- Preventive Therapy -- Commodity Supply Chain -- Exceptional Measures for Malaria Control -- Information Systems -- Communications and Community Engagement -- References.
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