World Malaria Day 2015

World Malaria Day annually raises awareness about malaria. In spite of being a preventable and treatable disease, malaria takes the lives of hundreds of thousands every year. World Malaria Day is a global education effort that draws attention to prevention and treatment in communities of need.

World Malaria Day was established in May 2007 by the World Health Assembly. The day is intended to provide world-wide understanding of malaria and spread information on year-long intensified implementation of national malaria-control strategies, including community-based activities for malaria prevention and treatment in endemic areas.

The World Malaria Day Theme

The World Malaria Day theme provides a common platform for countries to showcase their successes in malaria control and unify various global efforts to defeat the disease. The theme from 2013 to 2015 is “Invest in the Future, Defeat Malaria” to call attention to efforts to finish the job in 2015.

In recognizing World Malaria Day on April 25, Compassion shares how, as a child development organization, it combats this serious disease by preventing and treating malaria among the children served.

World Malaria Day 2015

  |   Posted: March 31, 2015

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Malaria is an entirely preventable and treatable disease — yet it still takes the lives of hundreds of thousands of children every year.

Learn about this deadly epidemic, and see how Compassion is battling this disease by taking serious action to prevent and treat malaria among the children we serve.


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1. Malaria remains inextricably linked with poverty. The highest malaria mortality rates are found in countries that have the highest rates of extreme poverty.


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2. Every year, more than 200 million malaria cases occur; most of these cases are never tested or registered.


a group of young African children


3. Malaria still kills an estimated 627,000-660,000 people yearly worldwide. More than 90 percent of those deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa.


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4. Between 77-86 percent of malaria deaths occur in children under age 5. In 2012, malaria killed an estimated 483,000 children under 5. That is 1,300 children under 5 every day.


a young child lies on a mattress underneath an insecticide-treated net


5. The most effective way to prevent malaria is by distributing long-lasting insecticidal nets. Sleeping under insecticide-treated nets can reduce overall child mortality by 20 percent. The cost of a net is only $1.39 per year of protection.


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6. Since 2007, Compassion has distributed more than 747,760 insecticide-treated nets to 17 countries.


a young girls lies on her bed, underneath an insecticide-treated net


7. In a study conducted in Burkina Faso, Compassion-assisted children with mosquito nets were five times less likely to contract malaria than the children in their community who did not use nets.



*All stats from UNICEF, WHO, World Bank and Compassion International