Malaria: the Number One Killer of Children in Africa
Malaria is a leading cause of child deaths in Africa. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, malaria is the 5th cause of death from infectious diseases worldwide (after respiratory infections, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal diseases, and tuberculosis). Malaria is the 2nd leading cause of death from infectious diseases in Africa, after HIV/AIDS.
About 3.2 billion people – nearly half of the world's population – are at risk of malaria. In 2015, there were roughly 214 million malaria cases and an estimated 438 000 malaria deaths. Increased prevention and control measures have led to a 60% reduction in malaria mortality rates globally since 2000. Sub-Saharan Africa continues to carry a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2015, the region was home to 89% of malaria cases and 91% of malaria deaths - WHO (November 2015)
Malaria Prevention within Reach
Malaria can be easily prevented by limiting one’s exposure to mosquitoes and mosquito bites. The primary point of attack by mosquitoes is during the night, when people are asleep. Studies have shown that the use of insecticide-treated nets significantly reduces the chances of being bitten by a mosquito.
However, many homes do not have these nets. Develop Africa is working to ensure that this simple, inexpensive and life-preserving protection is provided to all. This project also provides preventive anti-malaria tablets.
Your donation will supply treated mosquito bed nets. Make a real difference. Donate to Develop Africa today.