Part 1: How dangerous is Malaria?

Updated: Mar 18

Our first session of the Kivuko malaria year 2022 is online: How dangerous is Malaria? What are the symptoms?

Malaria is still one of the most dangerous diseases in Africa. According to WHO, there were 229 million cases of malaria in malaria countries in 2019, and about 400,000 people die from malaria each year worldwide. African countries are the most affected by malaria. There, 384,000 people died of malaria in 2019. It is estimated that there are 60,000-80,000 deaths due to malaria in Tanzania per year, with about 16-18 million people becoming infected per year.

Number of fatalities due to malaria sorted by WHO regions from 2016 to 2019. Source: statista

In Ngara district, where our health station is also located, malaria is even the most common cause of death. The most dangerous and deadly form of the disease is malaria tropica. Our clinic team in Kabanga can also confirm this. Since the opening of our health station, malaria is the most treated disease in the region.

Causes of death in Ngara district, 2015. Source: Strategy plan Ngara District, 2016-2021

Fortunately, the majority of our patients can be treated successfully. Because if the symptoms such as fever, headache, shaking and vomitting, are quickly recognized and treated, the chances of recovery are very good.

Malaria Symptoms. Source: University of Pretoria.

You want to read more? See the World Malaria Bericht 2019, 30. November 2020.

Next month we will continue with the question: How do you diagnose malaria?