10 facts you did NOT know about malaria!
Children from Bota Village in Benin take part in a Plan-supported event to raise awareness about the spread of malaria.
Ahead of World Malaria Day, we’re sharing some of the most significant facts on malaria - a fatal disease affecting millions every year. So brush up on your knowledge and spread the word!
1. Half of the world’s population is at risk of contracting malaria.
2. In 2012 alone, there were approximately 207 million cases of malaria reported, causing an estimated 627,000 malaria-related deaths.
3. 90% of malaria-related deaths occur in Africa. Malaria kills more children in Africa than any other disease, resulting in one death every minute.
4. Pregnant women and their newborns are particularly vulnerable to malaria. In Africa, there are up to 200,000 newborn deaths each year as a result of malaria in pregnancy.
5. Malaria is spread through bites from infected mosquitoes. The infected mosquitoes thrive in moist temperatures and breed in water.
6. Symptoms of malaria appear 10-15 days after someone has been bit by an infected mosquito.
7. Human immunity developed over years of exposure can prevent malaria. For this reason, most malaria deaths occur in children who have low immunity.
8. Without access to medication, the impact of the infection can include: coma, brain damage, loss of muscle function and death.
9. Long-lasting anti-malaria bed nets are the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent the transmission of malaria.
10. One bed net can protect 2 people for up to 3 years.
How you can help stop the spread of malaria
You can join the global movement to end malaria. Help ‘Spread the Net’ and make a difference!
In Burkina Faso, a mother helps her child into a bed protected by a bed net provided by Plan.