World Malaria Day 2021: “Achieving the zero malaria goal“

World Malaria Day is an international observance commemorated every year on 25 April and recognizes global efforts to control malaria.

Malaria remains a leading cause of disease and death among refugees and displaced populations.

In Uganda, the majority of refugees now live in areas where malaria is endemic.

This situation has not abated in recent years.

Many factors can increase the vulnerability of refugees to morbidity and mortality from malaria.

Pregnant women and young children are at particular risk of becoming seriously ill or dying, yet women of childbearing age and children are the majority in many of Uganda's refugee populations.

Refugee camps are often located on marginal lands where breeding sites for malaria vectors proliferate.

Refugees frequently suffer from malnutrition, particularly in the period immediately following their journey.

During their journey, they may have passed through areas or ended up in places where malaria endemicity is higher than in their place of origin and where malaria control programs may have ceased to exist as a result. of the conflict that forced them to flee or never to have been implemented.

The UNHCR Malaria Strategic Plan attests to the vision, strategic objectives and key strategies through which UNHCR proposes to integrate effective malaria control interventions into its overall refugee protection mandate and all other persons within its competence.

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