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Indicator 3.3.3: Malaria incidence per 1,000 population

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Malaria incidence per 1,000 population

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Indicator description Incidence of malaria is the number of new cases of malaria in a year per 1,000 population. To measure trends in malaria morbidity and to identify locations where the risk of disease is highest. With this information, programmes can respond to unusual trends, such as epidemics, and direct resources to the populations most in need. This data also serves to inform global resource allocation for malaria such as when defining eligibility criteria for Global Fund finance.
Geographical coverage Ghana
Unit of measurement per 1,000 population
Definitions Case of malaria is defined as the occurrence of malaria infection in a person whom the presence of malaria parasites in the blood has been confirmed by a diagnostic test. The population considered is the population at risk of the disease.
Calculations Complete data on malaria cases reported through surveillance systems are the best source of data but are rarely available for large populations. Reported data on malaria cases generally need to be corrected for extent of health service use, incompleteness of reporting and lack of case confirmation. In high transmission areas with limited health service data but with good data on parasite prevalence the number of cases can be estimated from parasite prevalence. The denominator is estimated, using risk mapping and population data.
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Last updated 18-05-2019

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name Malaria incidence per 1,000 population
Indicator number 3.3.3
Target name By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases
Target number 3.3
Global indicator description
UN designated tier 1
UN custodian agency World Health Organisation (WHO)
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Source 1

Organisation Demographic Health Survey
Periodicity 5 years
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Geographical coverage Ghana
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Release date 2018
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Statistical classification Official Statistics
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Organisation Multiple Indicator Clustering
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