On the sidelines of the World Malaria Day on April 25, the U.S. Embassy in Cameroon called for continued vigilance in the fight against malaria, “which disproportionately affects pregnant women and children in Cameroon.”
This was an opportunity for the diplomatic representation to recall, in a communiqué, that the U.S. government has invested the equivalent of CFA39 billion to fight this endemic disease since 2018. This financial support was used to provide medicines for the prevention and treatment of malaria.
“In the Far North and Northern regions, where poverty is high and the malaria transmission season makes the disease particularly virulent, we have distributed insecticide-treated bed nets and trained health workers on malaria diagnosis and treatment,” the statement said.
According to the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), Cameroon recorded 2,628,191 cases of malaria in 2019, compared to 2,133,000 a year earlier. During the same period, malaria killed 4,500 people in the country, an increase of 1,247 deaths. The NMCP notes that malaria mortality increased from 14.3% to 18.3% in one year, with 60% of deaths occurring in children under five years of age.
In the World Malaria Report 2019, WHO ranks Cameroon the 11th most affected country in the world.