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WHO certifies Cape Verde as malaria-free

15 January 2024

The World Health Organization (WHO) certified Cape Verde as malaria-free on 12 January 2024.

Cape Verde is the third country in Africa to be certified as free of malaria.

Malaria elimination certification is granted by the WHO when a country has:

  • shown that malaria transmission by Anopheles mosquitoes has been interrupted nationwide for at least three consecutive years

  • demonstrated the capacity to prevent the re-establishment of malaria transmission

Malaria prevention measures are not required for travellers to Cape Verde, although insect bites should be avoided as other vector-borne infections may be present.

See the Malaria section for further information on the disease.