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    Malaria deaths, cases surge in SADC …as coronavirus disrupts prevention programmes
    By Southern Times -- May01,2020 --
    Sharon Kavhu

    Windhoek - Malaria deaths and cases in the Southern African region have increased this year compared to the same period in 2018/2019 due to the outbreak of Covid-19 which has disrupted malaria response measures in the region.

    The SADC Elimination 8 (E8) this week said the higher cases and mortality rates of malaria in the region has prompted a state of regional emergency that requires urgent interventions.

    E8 is an initiative by eight SADC countries - Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe -- to collaborate across borders to eliminate malaria. African Heads of State have called for the elimination of malaria transmission throughout Africa and these eight countries are leading the way for the African continent, demonstrating that elimination is possible in continental sub-Saharan Africa.

    “Currently, six of the eight E8 member countries are in alert mode and have reported increases in malaria cases and higher mortality rates, prompting a state of regional emergency and requiring urgent response and action,” said E8 in a report.

    Information from the E8 shows that the surge in malaria cases is attributed to severe disruptions to malaria programming, campaigns and disruptions in community access to antimalarial medicines....