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  • Frontline health workers  are leading a heroic effort

  • to continue to fight malaria  in the face of COVID-19.

  • A year ago, many people feared that

  • COVID-19 lockdowns and supply disruptions

  • would double the number of  malaria deaths in Africa.

  • So far, we've avoided that worst case scenario,

  • thanks to African countries

  • that quickly adapted their malaria programs

  • to work safely during the pandemic.

  • Malaria resources have been redirected

  • to help control the spread of COVID-19.

  • In Zambia, the national  malaria elimination program's

  • genomic surveillance laboratory

  • switched to find COVID-19 variants

  • circulating in the country.

  • And in Mozambique,

  • the application created for health workers

  • was switched to supply critical data

  • for the COVID-19 response.

  • Despite this progress,

  • the work is not over.

  • Malaria is still killing

  • more than 400,000 children every year.

  • The pandemic reminds us

  • why eradicating malaria is so important.

  • Many of the building blocks

  • we need to fight malaria and prevent

  • the next pandemic are the same:

  • accurate data, reliable supply chains

  • and resources that focus

  • on the needs of the poorest countries.

  • Malaria programs help build  stronger health systems

  • that will not only bring an end to malaria,

  • but protect us from the next pandemic.

  • And that means a much healthier,

  • safer world for everyone.

Frontline health workers  are leading a heroic effort

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