Malaria is one the leading cause of sickness and death in many countries, especially among children. Severe malaria may occur if patients did not get proper diagnosis and treatment quickly, which is usually the case in most countries.
Lack of primary care and the ongoing civil war in the region have forced many people to travel great distances, even for a basic treatment. For this reason, they are at a higher chance of developing severe malaria which may eventually result in death.
An increase in malaria cases were recorded this year as compared to the same period last year. It has been recorded the highest among other vector-borne diseases, with many of the cases came from densely-populated areas in most countries.
Rising cases of Malaria are expected in South Sudan as hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan are at risk of contracting malaria over the rainy season. In India, malaria is a big worry as well. 42% increase in malaria cases were recorded in the capital this year as compared to the same period last year.
Key Facts from World Malaria Report 2016:
- In 2015, there were 212 million new cases of malaria and 429,000 deaths
- 70% of the deaths are children under-fives.
- Malaria remains a major killer of children under-fives in the African Region.
- One child dies from malaria every two minutes.
- The African region recorded majority of malarial death at 92%, followed by the South-East Asia Region and the Eastern Mediterranean Region at 6% and 2% respectively.
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- South Sudan: Growing Risk of Malaria as Rains Begin (July 2017). Doctors Without Borders. Accessed on 28 July 2017
- As vector-borne diseases spike, malaria a big worry (July 2017). Express News Service. Accessed on 28 July 2017