IMPROVING AFRICA ECONOMY THROUGH EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE MALARIA MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS

ADEDIRAN, M.B.

DEPT OF INTEGRATED SCIENCE, A.C.E., ONDO

Abtract: Malaria, one of the most devastating parasitic infection, transmitted by mosquitoes, kills more than 1 million people annually. Pregnant women, children, and immunocompromised individuals have the highest morbidity and mortality, and Africa bears the heaviest burden. According to world health organization Malaria has slowed economic growth in endemic countries in Africa by up to 1.3 per cent per year. Africa’s GDP would probably be in the region of US $100 billion higher if malaria had been tackled 30 years ago, when effective control measures first became available. Even today, half a billion cases of malaria each year lead to the loss of several billion days of productive work. The estimated costs of malaria, in terms of strains on the health systems and economic activity lost, are enormous. This paper discusses the possibility of wiping off malaria in Africa, which will be a plus to the African nation economy.

Keywords: Malaria, Africa, Economy, Management, Prevention.