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Malaria N 8 - Subject N 1

Balbina Ventura Félix

In Angola, Malaria is endemic and it is the first cause of morbidity and mortality among the communicable disease most frequently reported.
The epidemiological situation is getting worse over time. It was reported of an annual mean of 286,000 cases in the 70s, increasing to 864,000 in the 80s and in the lost 5 years it was observed 679,000 cases per year, with a undernotification rate of 56%.
At the same time, a marked increase in complicated malaria cases and suspected drugs resistance's cases was observed. It is not possible to show the real features of this phenomenon in Angola nowadays, because of the lack of more recent specific studies.
The Malaria National control Program stabilised since 1982, is running with several external constrains, its development depends on external financial support from international agencies and the political and economic situation of the country.
The in-going control measures are designed on base of disposable financial resources and undertaken in the same way overall in the country without taking in account the specificities of each endemic regions.
In this paper, we are attempted to draw a brief descriptive epidemiological analysis and also to review the Malaria National Control Program development, in order to identify the key points for further strategy .

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