Cape Verde is the third African country to eliminate malaria

Cape Verde has been certified as malaria-free by the World Health Organization, making it the third African country to achieve this status. The archipelago has had a long journey to eliminate malaria, which was endemic since the 15th century. The process to get certified malaria-free is stringent, requiring no cases of indigenous transmission for at least three consecutive years and the ability to prevent reintroduction of the disease. The achievement of this status is expected to have positive impacts on the country’s economy and drive global malaria elimination efforts. Several other countries are also close to achieving malaria-free status.

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