Eliminating malaria in southeast Asia requires more attention on adolescent girls

08 Oct 2021
Poku-Awuku A, Banerji J, de Lauwerier VB, Menendez C, Gonzalez R, Pons-Duran C.
4 girls in school uniform

Comment piece. Malaria is one of the leading causes of death among adolescent girls in southeast Asia. Young adolescent girls (aged 10–14 years), for whom malaria is the eighth highest cause of mortality, are most affected. On the basis of the most recent data (which is for the year 2016), the malaria mortality rate for young adolescent girls in southeast Asia is 28% higher than for young adolescent boys (1·75 deaths vs 1·37 deaths [per 100 000 of the population at risk]).