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.
1. Malaria remains inextricably linked with poverty. The highest malaria mortality rates are found in countries that have the highest rates of extreme poverty.
2. Every year, more than 200 million malaria cases occur; most of these cases are never tested or registered.
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.
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.
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.
6. Since 2007, Compassion has distributed more than 747,760 insecticide-treated nets to 17 countries.
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