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African actions to fight malaria since 2000 have saved nearly eight million lives, especially of children, on a continent that suffers the highest burden of malaria disease and deaths. But in its 30 November World Malaria Report, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that lack of funding and disruptions to medication supply chains by Covid-19 could doom tens of thousands of people. 

“While Africa has shown the world what can be achieved if we stand together to end malaria as a public health threat, progress has stalled,” says Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, and some African nations are losing ground. It is unconscionable, WHO says, that “a preventable and treatable disease” continues to claim hundreds of thousands of lives each year, mostly in poorer countries.