About Malaria

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Malaria is a preventable and treatable infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes that kills more than one million people each year, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa, where malaria is the leading cause of death for children under five.

Because malaria is a global emergency that affects mostly poor women and children, malaria perpetuates a vicious cycle of poverty in the developing world. Malaria related-illnesses and mortality cost Africa’s economy alone USD 12 billion per year.

Today, malaria can be prevented, diagnosed and treated with a combination of available tools. However, global estimates indicate that USD 4.2 billion is needed each year to fully fund the fight against malaria.