“Historic phase” – Cameroon: the world’s first vaccination campaign against malaria


The world’s first vaccination campaign against malaria started on Monday in Cameroon. A six-month-old baby was one of the first to receive the injection against the tropical disease in a small hospital in the city of Soa, in the south of the African country.

Nurses sang and celebrated the start of the vaccination campaign in their country. The hospital in Soa is one of many vaccination centers in the country with 28 million inhabitants.

WHO speaks of a ‘historical stage’
The World Health Organization (WHO) had previously described the start of the vaccination campaign against malaria as a “historic phase” in the fight against the disease, which mainly occurs in Africa.

Diseases are transmitted by gels
Malaria is caused by parasites transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito. The disease poses a major health risk in Africa, especially for young children, especially as resistance to common malaria drugs becomes increasingly common.

95 percent of all infections in Africa
In 2021, 247 million malaria infections were counted worldwide and 619,000 patients died. 95 percent of global cases and 96 percent of deaths from malaria were recorded in Africa.

Source: Krone


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