Malaria in Angola: recent progress, challenges and future opportunities using parasite demography studies

Malar J. 2022 Dec 28;21(1):396. doi: 10.1186/s12936-022-04424-y.


Over the past two decades, a considerable expansion of malaria interventions has occurred at the national level in Angola, together with cross-border initiatives and regional efforts in southern Africa. Currently, Angola aims to consolidate malaria control and to accelerate the transition from control to pre-elimination, along with other country members of the Elimination 8 initiative. However, the tremendous heterogeneity in malaria prevalence among Angolan provinces, as well as internal population movements and migration across borders, represent major challenges for the Angolan National Malaria Control Programme. This review aims to contribute to the understanding of factors underlying the complex malaria situation in Angola and to encourage future research studies on transmission dynamics and population structure of Plasmodium falciparum, important areas to complement host epidemiological information and to help reenergize the goal of malaria elimination in the country.

Keywords: Angola; Elimination eight regional initiative; Malaria; Plasmodium falciparum.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Angola / epidemiology
  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Malaria* / epidemiology
  • Malaria* / parasitology
  • Malaria* / prevention & control
  • Malaria, Falciparum* / epidemiology
  • Malaria, Falciparum* / prevention & control
  • Parasites*
  • Plasmodium falciparum
  • Prevalence