Algeria has been declared malaria-free by the World Health Organization. The north African country is the second African country to be officially recognized by WHO as malaria-free, after Mauritius in 1973. According to WHO, a country attains malaria-free status once it proves beyond a reasonable doubt that it has interrupted indigenous transmission of malaria for at least three consecutive years. Algeria has done this for about six years, with its last malaria case reported in 2013.
Malaria is one of the world’s leading killers, with an estimated 219 million cases and over 400 000 malaria-related deaths in 2017, 90 percent occurring in Africa with approximately 60 percent of fatalities being children aged under five. The malaria parasite was first discovered in Algeria in 1880. Over eight decades later, malaria became the country’s primary health challenge with it reporting an estimated 80,000 cases of the disease each year.
Over the years, the country has worked hard to eradicate the disease within its borders ensuring that everyone gets the health service needed to prevent, detect and cure the disease. This can be attributed to a devoted government, inclusive health policies and a well-trained health workforce. Algeria operates an effective universal healthcare scheme. Click here to read entire article
Source:: Ventures Africa