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Malaria – The Facts and Figures in Brief

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

In today’s post I will just skim over some quick facts about malaria and it’s impact on the world today. Most of this information has been sourced from The Roll Back Malaria website  http://www.rollbackmalaria.org/keyfacts.html .

Facts:

  • 247 million cases of malaria/year
  • 212 Million/year in Africa, 21 million/year in Asia, 8.1 Million/year in The Middle East, 2.7 Million cases/year in the Americas
  • 881,000/year world wide die from Malaria of which 801 000 of those are in Africa. 38 000 in The Middle east, 36 000 in Asia and 3000 in The America’s
  • 3.3 Billion People are at risk of malaria (half of the World population)
  • Nigeria ranks #1 in malaria cases with over 57 million cases per year. There are over 23 million cases in The Democratic Republic of The Congo, Ethiopia has 12 million cases and Tanzania and Kenya with over 11 million cases per year.
  • 85% of children that contract malaria under 5 die from the virus
  • 40% of health spending in Sub Saharan Africa Countries goes toward fighting malaria, this has a huge impact on the economies of Africa
  • 12 billion dollars lost in annual GDP (1.3% of total)

Are we making progress in the “fight against malaria”?

The good news yes we are making progress as you can see below:

  • Up till a few years ago between 1 and 2 million people died each year from malaria. That figure is now 881 Thousand.
  • 22 Countries outside of Africa have reported 50% drop in Malaria cases.
  • Eritrea and Rwanda report a 50% drop in malaria cases between 2000 -2006-07 because of large deployment of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets (LLIN), Insecticidal sprays and diagnostic drugs.
  • In 2004 there was 12 Million LLIN’s made and distributed, in 2010 there will be 100 million Long Lasting Mosquito Nets made and distributed with the goal of covering 750 million people (this includes net already distributed and being used) by the end of this year (2010).

Why are there less people dying from malaria now?

  • The introduction of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated nets which keep people safe and kill mosquitoes –  therefore decreasing their populations. These nets are very strong and do not need to be re-treated – even after washing them more than 20 times!
  • Annual funding just a few years ago was 1.1 billion dollars and it is now over 6 billion dollars which goes towards: treated mosquito nets, insecticidal sprays, anti malarial drugs and rapid diagnostic kits.

Things are getting better because Governments, N.G.O’s, the media and citizens are all taking action to tackle malaria.

If you are wanting to purchase mosquito nets from mosquito nets online to donate to a charity of any  kind we will donate (usually) 1 net for every 10 purchased to your cause.

Cheers,

Anthony