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Uganda has sixth highest Malaria deaths in Africa


‪‎Malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in ‪Uganda.

Accounting for 30–50 percent of outpatient visits and 15–20 percent of hospital admissions, malaria places a huge burden on the Ugandan health system.

Malaria is highly endemic in most of the country, and Plasmodium falciparum is the major source of infection.

Key Malaria facts in Uganda: Estimated annual malaria deaths/100,000 population (2013): 55.

Under-five mortality rate (2011): 90/1,000 live births, or approximately one in 11 children die before their fifth birthday.

Ministry of Health figures show that Uganda currently has the sixth highest number of annual deaths from malaria in Africa and some of the highest reported malaria transmission rates in the world.

Malaria remains a major killer of children, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, taking the life of a child every 2 minutes.

In 2015, there were 438,000 deaths from malaria globally, and about 306,000 of these were in children under 5 years of age.

The government recently announced the third mass mosquito net distribution drive.

A total of 25 million mosquito nets worth Shs331.5 billion will be distributed in the fresh countrywide campaign against malaria.

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