Did you know that a child still dies every minute from malaria? There are many other useful and important information about malaria that many people do not know about. Are you interested? Here are important things you should know about the state of malaria today.
1. A child still dies every minute from malaria
2. Approximately half the world’s population, across 104 countries, are at risk of contracting malaria
3. The majority of deaths from malaria – or 80 percent – occur in just 14 countries. In sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are the worst affected countries and in South-East Asia, India has the highest burden of the disease
4. Malaria control tools are effective. According to the WHO, malaria interventions helped to avert 1.1 million deaths between 2001 and 2010
5. Millions of women living in malaria endemic countries become pregnant each year. During pregnancy, women are at higher risk from malaria and it can lead to serious complications, including neonatal death
6. Malaria is a disease of the poorest and most vulnerable. According to the WHO, malaria death rates are highest in countries where a higher proportion of people live on less than $1.25 per person per day
7. Sleeping under a long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs) is one of the most effective means of preventing malaria, but efforts to distribute LLINs have stalled in recent years. According to the WHO the number of mosquito nets delivered to endemic countries in sub-Saharan Africa dropped from 145 million in 2010 to 66 million in 2012
8. Defeating malaria requires significant investment. The WHO suggests that funding for malaria control is currently falling short by $2.8 billion for each year between 2011 and 2020
9. Resistance to the best-known anti-malarial drug is spreading in Southeast Asia. So far, resistance to artemisinin has reportedly been found in four countries in the region. If resistance was to spread to sub-Saharan Africa, the impact could be devastating
10. Between the 1950s and late 1970s, malaria was eliminated in numerous places worldwide including in Europe and America. Malaria elimination is possible.
Sources: WHO World Malaria Report 2014