Despite efforts to combat the disease, Cameroon remains one of the most malaria-affected countries in the world. In 2022, the country recorded 3,327,381 cases of malaria (29.6% of all medical consultations over the period).
This rather grim picture was presented by the Ministry of Public Health (Minsanté), on the sidelines of the International Malaria Day, celebrated on April 25. "Cameroon is among the 11 countries most affected by malaria in the world," the health department revealed, however, stressing that "hospital data show a general stagnation of confirmed cases for several years".
The Eastern region has the highest incidence rate with 41% of children under 5 years affected, 51% of people over 5 years, and 7% of pregnant women. “Between 2021 and 2022, hospital mortality due to malaria decreased by almost 4 points, from 13.5% to 9.9% of all recorded deaths. The Far North and Adamaoua regions have recorded the highest mortality rates. Over the same period, more than 99% of severe malaria cases were treated,” the Ministry said.
To accelerate the fight against the disease, Cameroon sought additional support from the Global Fund's Grant Cycle 7, which finances the fight against tuberculosis, HIV/aids, and malaria in Cameroon.