CHIBUIKE CHUKWU explores the activities of a Canadian based organization, CHAMA, in rural African countries with the mandate to eliminate poverty and fight diseases. With huge interventions in Nigeria, Uganda, and Tanzania the organization is transforming lives.
Malaria has remained one of the major killers of men and women, particularly children in the world today. The fatalities of malaria are particularly worse in Sub-Saharan Africa given the continent’s poor healthcare system.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to humans through the bites of infected female anopheles mosquitoes.
The latest World Malaria Report from the WHO released on 30 November 2020, said there were 229 million cases of malaria in 2019 compared to 228 million cases in 2018. The estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 409 000 in 2019, compared to 411 000 deaths in 2018.
The WHO African Region carries a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2019, the region was home to 94 percent of all malaria cases and deaths according to WHO.
In 2019, six countries accounted for approximately half of all malaria deaths worldwide include Nigeria (23%), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (11%), the United Republic of Tanzania (5%), Burkina Faso (4%), Mozambique (4%) and Niger (4% each).
The above frightening statistics from WHO makes it imperative to fight the scourge with every resource, especially in Africa, which has a very weak healthcare system.
Total funding for malaria control and elimination reached an estimated US$ 3 billion in 2019, according to WHO.