Developing Countries: Malaria

Department for International Development written question – answered on 11th October 2017.

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Photo of Chris Law Chris Law Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Climate Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of climate change on the geographic range and incidence of malaria.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The World Health Organisation and the World Meteorological Organisation have identified malaria as one of the most climate sensitive diseases, with significant associations between changes in temperature, rainfall and humidity and malaria incidence. Africa is home to the greatest burden of malaria: 92% of deaths occur there, including an estimated 292,000 deaths in children under five. DFID supports the World Health Organisation in advising countries, including those in Africa, about their malaria control programmes, including how to adapt to climatic changes.

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