After reporting a large malaria outbreak in 2017, with more than 6 million people affected and thousands of deaths, health officials are reporting a sharp decrease in malaria cases and deaths since the beginning of the year.
According to the Ministry of Health (MoH) data, the cumulative number of malaria cases reported during the first fifteen weeks of 2018 is 1,542,769 cases with 744 deaths, which is 44% lower than the number of cases reported for the same period in 2017 (2,743,764 cases and 1,240 deaths).
Malaria has been a scourge in Burundi in recent years, in fact, World Vision International reports since 2015, more than 19.7 million cases of malaria have been recorded in Burundi. With a population of 11.5 million, that’s the equivelent of nearly every Burundian getting malaria twice in the past two years.
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