Cape Verde Beats Malaria After 50 Years: World Health Organization Declares Island Nation Free of the Deadly Disease”

Cape Verde, a small island off West Africa, has made history by eradicating malaria, with the World Health Organization (WHO) granting it malaria-free status.

This achievement, attributed to years of hard work, strengthened health systems, and effective disease control, serves as a beacon of hope for other small countries.

The island’s success is seen as unique due to its archipelago structure, making it easier to track and eliminate the disease.

With 2022’s African malaria deaths at 580,000, Cape Verde’s victory highlights the potential for a malaria-free world with existing tools and new vaccines.

The last sub-Saharan African country declared malaria-free was Mauritius in 1973.

(Source: BBC)

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