Yes, it is. Malaria results in a reduction of 1.3% of the economy on the continent of Africa. This is an annual average figure. Absenteeism and productivity losses in Nigeria, for example, have an economic impact loss of 1.1 billion US$ every year.
Governments need to make more effort to change this. Uganda lost gross domestic product of US$11 million in 2003. In Kenya, primary schools lose 11% school days every year to severe malaria outbreaks. Kenya experiences and economic cost of 170 million working days each year.
Highlighting Malaria Awareness Each Year
Each year we mark the 25th of April as World Malaria Day. The day marks global efforts to control malaria. It also celebrates the progress made in the treatment of malaria.
The burden of malaria is an ongoing battle for governments across the globe. The costs of treatment are a genuine concern. Governments are looking for better methods for the management of malaria control.
Malaria slows the economy down in African countries. It has serious growth and development repercussions. This perpetuates the cycle of poverty.
The burden of malaria was hefty when not controlled adequately in South Africa. The impact of malaria posed a negative economic cost to certain provinces. These included dire economic consequences and a reduction in tourism.
Indirect costs included expenditure on healthcare provision and malaria control programme delivery. Today, the impact stems from cross-border vector carriers entering the country carrying the disease. Malaria control activities are focused on education and access to health at the borders where the incidence of malaria is higher.
Malaria is a disease caused by the bite of infected mosquitoes. Effective treatment reduces malaria risk and death. Over 400,000 people succumb to malaria each year.
There is a real problem with malaria in children in Africa. Malaria is especially rife in children in sub-Saharan African. The control of malaria is essential.
Nigeria sees almost 53 million cases of malaria every year. The household level is 1 in 4 residents. Each year, malaria causes 8, 640 deaths in Nigeria. This translates to 9 death per hour. The economic consequences are vast.
A malaria vaccine surpassing the 75% efficacy goal has been invented. The World Health Organisation sets the 75% efficacy goal. These findings come from a 12-month trial period.
The trial was first launched in Burkina Faso in 2019. The malaria trial involved 450 children. They ranged in ages from 5 to 17 months.
The location, severity of infection, ecology, and climate all play a role. It is not necessarily determined by poverty. Malaria epidemics are almost always in poor areas where economic growth is low. Areas affected by malaria that can reduce malaria can grow substantially afterwards.
The effects of malaria on economic growth are substantial. Mechanisms behind the impact are not clear.
There are many ways to prevent bites when travelling to malaria hotspots. These include malaria endemic provinces in South Africa. It also includes areas in Africa such as sub-Saharan Africa.
Wear the right clothing and use repellents wherever possible. Other measures include insecticide-treated bed nets and mesh on windows and doors.
Mozzie Patches are an easy way to prevent bites when travelling to malaria areas.