Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through mosquito bites
50% of the world's population is at risk of receiving malaria. In other words, 3.4 BILLION people are susceptible to the disease.
After an unprecedented period of success in global malaria control, progress has stalled, according to the latest World malaria report. In 2016, there were an estimated 216 million cases ofmalaria in 91 countries, an increase of about 5 millioncases over 2015.
Early diagnosis and treatment can easily prevent the disease and reduce deaths
Artemisinin-based drugs and insecticidal nets remain the most effective prevention and treatment methods
Pregnant women and young children are extremely susceptible to malaria and are at risk of dying due to its complications.
Malaria can cause stillbirth, spontaneous abortion, maternal anaemia and premature delivery
Malaria is extremely common in poor, third-world countries, and further cripples the economies of these countries through treatment expenses and fatalities (direct costs of around 12 billion dollars a year)
For every malaria-endemic country in the world and their profiles in 2013, please click here.