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.
Here are 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 - approximately 3.2 billion people - is at risk of contracting malaria.
2. Every year there are close to 200 million cases of malaria, causing close to 600,000 malaria-related deaths.
3. 90% of malaria-related deaths occur in Africa.
4. Malaria is one of the leading causes of death in children. 50 children die every hour from malaria - that's almost one child every minute.
5. Pregnant women and their newborns are particularly vulnerable to malaria. Malaria accounts for approximately 7% of newborn deaths globally; 15% in Africa.
6. Malaria is spread through bites from infected mosquitoes.
7. Human immunity developed over years of exposure can prevent malaria. For this reason, most malaria deaths occur in children and pregnant women 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 insecticide-treated 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.