The World Health Organization,WHO,has declared the nation where malaria was discovered as officially free of malaria, making it the third African country to eliminate one of the world’s leading killer diseases.
With no recorded cases of malaria in three consecutive years, Argentina was also declared malaria-free – the second country in the Americas after Paraguay in 45 years to wipe out the disease, which kills more than 400,000 people a year.
Now Algeria has shown the rest of Africa that malaria can be beaten through country leadership, bold action, sound investment and science.
Although WHO has declared 38 countries malaria-free since 1955, the fight against malaria has stalled as malaria-carrying mosquitoes have become resistant to drugs and insecticides in bednets that protect people from being bitten while sleeping.
Head of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership to End Malaria, Abdourahmane Diallo, said Algeria is the third African nation to become malaria free, after Mauritius in 1973 and Morocco in 2010, which brings economic benefits.