We can defeat malaria

Malaria illnesses and deaths have fallen dramatically since 2000:

Photo: MMV
Photo: MMV
  • 4.2 million lives have been saved.
  • Malaria mortality rates in Africa have decreased by 54%.
  • Global malaria mortality rates have decreased by 47%.
  • 52 countries are on track to reduce malaria incidence rates by 75% by 2015.

Malaria was found on every continent and in almost every country in the world at the end of World War II. Thanks to major investment, particularly in the last two decades, more than 90 countries are malaria-free today. Another 26 countries are aiming to achieve the same status.

Defeating malaria requires a threefold approach described in the Global Malaria Action Plan:

  1. Control: controlling malaria in high burden countries to reduce death and disease;
  2. Elimination: eliminating malaria from low-burden countries on the geographic periphery of the disease to "shrink the malaria map;" and
  3. Research: investing in research and development in new tools to help us advance the fight, and stay one step ahead of emerging resistance to current drugs and insecticides.