Methods that don’t rely on insecticides are needed to bolster the fight against mosquito-borne diseases.
Nigeria must do more to reduce its high malaria burden.
There have been disruptions. But national malaria control programmes have shown impressive resilience.
Insecticide resistance is a growing threat to malaria control efforts globally. It is, thus, important to keep a close eye on vector mosquito populations in affected areas.
South Africa is one of the few malaria-endemic countries in Africa that did not see a major upsurge in malaria cases caused by COVID-related disruptions.
Nigeria must invest more in research and incorporate World Health Organisation-recommended interventions to eliminate malaria.
If not addressed, there will be many more deaths from malaria and other diseases, indirectly linked to COVID-19 disruptions.