- Malaria is caused by a parasite transmitted to humans by Anopheles mosquitoes.
- The highest risk populations are children under 5 and pregnant women.
- Only the female mosquitoes bite.
- 88% of the malaria that occurs each year is in Africa.
- Half of the world population is at risk for contracting malaria.
- 10% of the world population gets sick each year with malaria.
- There are over 438,000 fatal cases of malaria each year.
- The most common age at death from malaria is 4 years old.
- Up to 23% of infants in Africa are born with the malaria parasite.
- Malaria kills about 1000 children every day.
- 1 child dies every 2 minutes from malaria .
- An estimated 68% of malaria cases were averted since 2000 with the distribution of insecticide treated nets.
- Long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets SAVE LIVES!
Source: World Health Organization (www.who.int/malaria)