The distribution of millions of mosquito nets across the African continent has countered the lack of malaria prevention programs and treatments due to the corona pandemic, thus avoiding the doubling of deaths as predicted by the World Health Organization.
“I am […] delighted to say that the predicted doubling in malaria deaths was averted,” says Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya and Chairman of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance.
Despite the pandemic, the net distribution campaigns remained on track, and some 160 million nets were handed out door-to-door. Children were reached in a larger proportion than before, notably during the high transmission season, with the proper medicines. The lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the sharing of real-time data, could be beneficial to African countries in their efforts to get rid of malaria once and for all.