Malaria and other vector borne and parasitic diseases (MVP)
WHO estimates that malaria, a mosquito-borne infectious disease, affect 216 million people across the world and kills about 655 000 each year.
In the Philippines, malaria is one of the major mosquito-borne diseases affecting 14 million people who live mostly in mountainous, hard to reach areas of the country where basic health services are relatively inaccessible.
The MVP situation in the Philippines
- 57 of 80 provinces are malaria endemic , and 14 million population at risk
- the endemic provinces for neglected tropical diseases are the poorest of the poor.
- the parasitic diseases cause chronic disabilities and deformities which hamper children's growth
- about 645 232 persons are already infected with lymphatic filariasis
WHO supports the efforts of the Department of Health to implement the national malaria strategic plan 2011 to 2016 and the Malaria Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) 2011-2016.
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Malaria and other vector borne diseases