World Malaria Day
Supporting awareness and prevention of malaria
Malaria is a potentially fatal disease spread by infected mosquitoes that, upon biting, transmit malaria parasites to humans. The disease remains a significant health issue faced by people living in or traveling to one of the 104 malaria-endemic countries.
According to a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO), there were approximately 219 million cases of malaria in 2010 and an estimated 660,000 malaria-related fatalities. Africa is the most affected continent and approximately 90% of all malaria fatalities happen in that region.
WHO also reports some encouraging news: between 2000 and 2010, malaria mortality rates fell globally by 26%, and in the African region the decrease was 33%. During this period, an estimated 1.1 million malaria fatalities were averted worldwide, primarily as a result of increased interventions.
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