DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Malaria prevalence in Tanzania has
decreased by half from 14.4 percent in 2016 to 7.3 percent in
2018, said a new report released on Monday by the National
Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
The report also
showed that new infections for children under the age of five
had dropped to 7.3 percent in 2017.
NBS Director General
Albina Chuwa presented the report to the Minister for Health,
Ummy Mwalimu, in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
The prevalence of
malaria in rural areas was 10 percent, and in urban areas, 2
According to the
report, malaria prevalence on Zanzibar’s Unguja Island was 0.4
percent and zero on Pemba Island.
The report said
Kigoma was leading among regions with the highest rate of
prevalence, at 24 percent.
decreases with enhanced maternal education and household
wealth,” said the report.
Over 90 percent of
Tanzania’s population live in areas where there is malaria.
Each year, 10
million to 12 million people contract malaria in Tanzania, and
80,000 die from the disease, most of them children.