Malaria Prevention: Let’s close the gap on World Malaria Day 2017
The World Health Organisation is calling on closing the gap in malaria prevention on World Malaria Day 25 April 2017. Although new malaria cases fell by 21% globally between 2010 and 2015, an estimated 43% of people at risk in Sub-Saharan Africa are still not protected. In the region, insecticide-treated nets have had the greatest impact, accounting for an estimated 69% of cases prevented through control tools.
CASES: 212 million – In 2015, there were 212 million cases of malaria world wide.
INCIDENCE: 21% – Between 2010 and 2015, there was global decrease in malaria incidence.
MORTALITY: 29% – Between 2010 and 2015, there was a decrease in global malaria mortality rates.
In Support of World Malaria Day 2017, lets look at key facts about Malaria.
- Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.
- In 2015, 91 countries and areas had ongoing malaria transmission.
- Malaria is preventable and curable, and increased efforts are dramatically reducing the malaria burden in many places.
- Between 2010 and 2015, malaria incidence among populations at risk (the rate of new cases) fell by 21% globally. In that same period, malaria mortality rates among populations at risk fell by 29% globally among all age groups, and by 35% among children under 5.
- The WHO African Region carries a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2015, the region was home to 90% of malaria cases and 92% of malaria deaths.