AFRICA - Malaria can be cured: prevention and access to treatment

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 diseases  

Medici con l'Africa Cuamm

Padova (Agenzia Fides) - Malaria in Africa today remains one of the most common diseases among adults and a major cause of death for children. Doctors with Africa Cuamm are present in 16 hospitals: Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Uganda where 30% of admissions are due to severe forms of malaria, with peaks of 50% in hospitals in Yirol and Cueibet in South Sudan and Aber, in Uganda. Malaria can be cured say Cuamm experts in the statement sent to Agenzia Fides at the recent World Malaria Day. The problem is very often to ensure access to treatment for sick people who live far from hospitals, in rural and remote areas who are often the most affected. What is even more important is to work on prevention, through the distribution and awareness on the use of simple tools: mosquito nets, repellents, pest control campaigns against mosquito dwelling. In 2015, 89,000 outpatient treatments were carried out and 20,000 hospital admissions for malaria were registered in 7 countries where Cuamm is present. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 26/04/2016)