Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites transmitted to people through mosquito bites. Malaria is curable and preventable; there are major ongoing global efforts to fight malaria.
In 2018, almost half of the world's population was at risk of malaria, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Most cases and deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa, with South-East Asian, Eastern Mediterranean, Western Pacific, and American regions following close behind.
There were about 228 million malaria cases and 405,000 malaria deaths in 2018 (the last year for which data is available), with the African region carrying the disproportionately high burden of 93% of all cases and 94% of all deaths.
Children under 5 years old are at the most risk of...Read more