AMMREN BlogTEN FACTS ABOUT MALARIA

June 25, 2021by ammren_admin
  • Nearly half of the world’s population (40%) – approximately 3 billion people – is at risk of contracting malaria.

  • Malaria is spread to humans through bites from mosquitoes infected with a parasite.

  • In 2019, there were an estimated 229 million cases of malaria causing over 400,000 malaria-related deaths.

  • Africa is home to 92% of malaria cases and 93% of malaria-related deaths.

  • Malaria is one of the leading causes of death in children under 5, taking the life of a child practically every 2 minutes.

  • Pregnant women and their newborns are particularly vulnerable to malaria due to their low immunity levels. This is in part why most malaria deaths occur among these groups.

  • Without access to prevention and treatment measures, the impact of the infection can be long-term and life-threatening, including: anemia, coma, brain damage, loss of muscle function and death.

  • Long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets are the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent the transmission of malaria. One bed net can protect 2 people for up to 3 years.

  • Globally, malaria control and elimination requires billions of dollars in investment and a concerted effort between governments, health care providers and communities coming together to create awareness, increase prevention and provide treatment

  • Ending the Malaria epidemic worldwide by 2030 is a key objective within the UN Sustainable Development Goal #3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

CREDIT: PLAN INTERNATIONAL