Cabo Verde Declared 3rd Malaria-Free Nation in Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Cabo Verde, the West African Island nation, as Malaria-Free. This makes Cabo Verde the 43rd country, and the 3rd in Africa, to be Malaria-free. Mauritius, another African Island nation, was declared Malaria-free in 1973 and Algeria was declared Malaria-free in 2019.

The WHO provides the certificate declaring a nation Malaria-free when the transmission of Malaria from Anopheles mosquitoes has been halted for three consecutive years.

Cabo Verde’s economy, being an island nation with little natural resources, is largely tourism based and so the declaration is likely to positively benefit their economy.