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Angola notifies more cases of malaria in 2022 but mortality decreases by 10 percent

Angola notified 9.2 million cases of malaria in 2022, representing a slight increase of 0.4 percent over the previous year and recorded 12,480 deaths due to the disease, 10 percent less than in the previous year, according to data from the Ministry of Health (Minsa).


Malaria, whose world day was celebrated this Tuesday, is the main cause of death in the Portuguese-speaking country and one of the deadliest infectious diseases in the world, with 95 percent of cases and 96 percent of deaths reported in the African region.

Six countries – Nigeria (27 percent), Democratic Republic of Congo (12 percent), Uganda (5 percent), Mozambique (4 percent), Angola (3.4 percent) and Burkina Faso (3.4 percent) percent) – accounted for about 55 percent of all cases worldwide.

In Angola, 9,211,346 cases were diagnosed (another 41,886 in 2021), of which 38 percent of cases were in people over 15 years of age.

According to Minsa, the increase in notifications was due to reduced access to diagnosis and treatment of malaria, due to the confinement observed during the covid-19 pandemic.

On the contrary, in relation to deaths, 12,480 were registered, minus 1196, representing a reduction of around 10 percent compared to the previous year.

In a statement on the subject of Malaria Day, Minsa reiterated its commitment to continue to mobilize more resources and promote initiatives to fight and eliminate the disease, "ensuring that services to fight against Malaria are increasingly integrated into primary health care " and reinforcing community participation.

"We also intend to continue to mobilize and ensure that partners, the private sector, civil society organizations and academia pay more attention to urgently scaling up investment in the fight against malaria and research on this disease, to accelerate advances technologies and the adoption of innovations that will make it possible to put an end to Malaria by 2030", says the press release.

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