What is malaria?
Every two minutes, a child dies from malaria, a disease caused by a single mosquito bite. Malaria is transmitted to people through the bites of Anopheles mosquitoes, which primarily bite at night and carry the life-threatening disease caused by the blood parasite Plasmodium. In 2015, there were 212 million new cases of malaria worldwide and 429,000 deaths, 70% of which were children under five.
Most malaria cases and deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria is preventable and treatable with a lifesaving, insecticide-treated bed net and other malaria prevention tools and treatment. Half of the world’s population is at risk of contracting malaria, and refugees, pregnant women, and children are most vulnerable to this disease. However, South-East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East are also at risk.
How can malaria be defeated?
Bed nets are a simple, cost-effective solution to keep families safe from malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Combined with household spraying, malaria testing and treatment, and vaccines in development, we are making progress in the fight to end malaria for good.