Every two minutes, a child dies of malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that remains, in many regions of the world, a major public health problem. Ninety-one countries, almost half the world’s population [about 3.2 billion people] are at risk of malaria. Malawi has the 5th highest number of malaria cases in Eastern and Southern Africa. In 2016, malaria accounted 24% of all in-patient hospital deaths.
9 key facts about malaria globally
1. Malaria is the third largest killer of children between the ages of one month and five years, following pneumonia and diarrhoea.
2. Nearly 800 children per day under the age of five died of malaria in 2016.
3. Between 2000 and 2015 6.2 million deaths were avoided, including the deaths of 5.9 million children under five.
4. An estimated 90 per cent of malaria deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa.
5. Malaria in pregnancy contributes significantly to deaths of mothers, an estimated 10,000 women have died of malaria
6. Four out of five malaria deaths occur in one of 15 countries: Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Mozambique, Ghana, Angola, Uganda, Mali, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, Niger, Guinea and Chad. Three of these countries boarder Malawi.
7. Sleeping under an insecticide-treated bed net is the most common and most effective way to prevent malaria infection.
8. Less than half of households in sub-Saharan Africa have enough nets for all occupants.
9. In the last ten years, UNICEF has distribute nearly 268 million insecticide-treated bed nets.