Epidemiology Week 24

WHO 5 Facts on Malaria

  1. Malaria is caused by Plasmodiun parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected Anopheles mosquitoes. Of the 5 parasite species that cause malaria in humans, Plasmodium falciparum is the most deadly.
  2. Half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria. Every year, 3.2 billion people are at risk of malaria. This leads to about 198 million malaria cases and an estimated 584,000 malaria deaths.
  3. Every minute a child dies from malaria. In 2013, 90% of the world’s malaria deaths occurred in Africa and over 430,000 African children died before their fifth birthday.
  4. Malaria mortality rates have fallen by 47% globally since 2000.
  5. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment of malaria prevents deaths. It also contributes to reducing malaria transmission.


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