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Společně proti malárii

LOMÉ/GABORONE – Jako Afričanky ve vedení vlivných a na účinný vliv soustředěných organizací – Nadace Ecobank a Aliance afrických lídrů proti malárii (ALMA) – zaníceně usilujeme o vytvoření prosperující, inkluzivní a udržitelné africké ekonomiky. K dosažení tohoto cíle je ale zapotřebí urychlit pokrok směřující k vykořenění chorob, jež naše komunity nadále olupují o jejich nejhodnotnější zdroj: zdravé lidi. Jednou z těchto chorob je malárie.

Jistěže, Afrika v poslední době udělala v boji proti malárii velký pokrok. V letech 2010 až 2015 kontinent v rámci celosvětových Rozvojových cílů tisíciletí snížil míru výskytu malárie (počet nových infekcí) o 21 % a počet úmrtí na malárii o 31 %.

Malárie přesto zůstává vážnou hrozbou pro slušný život milionů Afričanů. V roce 2015 se celosvětově malárií nakazilo zhruba 212 milionů lidí, přičemž 47 % případů bylo soustředěno do pouhých šesti afrických zemí. Téhož roku v důsledku malárie zemřelo přibližně 429 tisíc lidí, převážně dětí ve věku do pěti let, přičemž 92 % těchto úmrtí postihlo Afriku a 40 % pouhé dvě země, Nigérii a Demokratickou republiku Kongo. Je tedy naléhavě zapotřebí pokrok urychlit – a s malárií nadobro skoncovat.

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