Policy Brief Infectious Diseases, Malaria in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (drc) From: Secretary of Health, drc to: Minister of Finance, drc introduction



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Policy Brief

Infectious Diseases, Malaria in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

From: Secretary of Health, DRC

To: Minister of Finance, DRC
Introduction:
Malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in DRC.i With 23 million people at risk for malaria,ii the DRC accounts for 11% of all malaria cases in the Africa region.iii The burden of malaria is primarily borne by our children, while also disproportionately affecting pregnant women. Endemic malaria in DRC is primarily a consequence of the inability to prevent the spread of malaria through insecticide treated bed nets (ITNs) and provide treatment for those already infected, as well as a lack of control over flows of people due to conflict. Malaria seriously restricts the productivity of our population resulting in the DRC’s low rates of economic growth and inability to attract investment. Increased ITN coverage and education, improved access to and delivery of treatment and emergency control of malaria are essential to the effort to control malaria in DRC.



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