Malaria Statistics

Nets protect children from malaria.  Photo courtesy of Harvey Wang for Episcopal Relief & Development

Malaria is a deadly mosquito-borne disease that affects millions each year in Africa and around the world:


  • Over half a million (627, 000) people die from malaria each year, mostly children younger than five years old.
  • There are an estimated 207million cases of malaria each year.
  • Although the vast majority of malaria cases occur in sub-Saharan Africa, the disease is a public-health problem in more than 109 countries in the world, 45 of which are in Africa.
  • 90% of all malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Malaria costs an estimated $12 billion in lost productivity in Africa.
  • When insecticide-treated nets are used properly by three-quarters of the people in a community, malaria transmission is cut by 50%, child deaths are cut by 20%, and the mosquito population drops by as much as 90%.
  • It is estimated that less than 5% of children in sub-Saharan Africa currently sleep under any type of insecticide-treated net.
  • It is estimated that a child dies every minute of malaria


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