Is Malaria a Problem?

So, What’s the Problem with Malaria?

There were an estimated 655,000 malaria deaths in 2010. Approximately 86% of malaria deaths globally were of children under 5 years of age.

There were an estimated 216 million episodes of malaria in 2010. Approximately 81%, or 174 million (113–239 million) cases, were in the African Region, with the South-East Asian Region accounting for another 13%.

ƒMalaria can kill within 24 hours of symptom onset. Cited from Medicines for Malaria Venture.

What is Malaria?

“Malaria is caused by a parasite that is passed from one human to another by the bite of infected Anopheles mosquitoes. After infection, the parasites (called sporozoites) travel through the bloodstream to the liver, where they mature and release another form, the merozoites. The parasites enter the bloodstream and infect red blood cells.

The parasites multiply inside the red blood cells, which then break open within 48 to 72 hours, infecting more red blood cells. The first symptoms usually occur 10 days to 4 weeks after infection, though they can appear as early as 8 days or as long as a year after infection. The symptoms occur in cycles of 48 to 72 hours.” Cited from U.S. National Library of Medicine.

How Can We End This?

Mosquito Nets

Education

Early Diagnostic and Treatment

Vaccines

Contact Your Government Leaders

Join Malaria No More or World Vision’s End Malaria to help end Malaria.

More Fast Facts

– Malaria is preventable and treatable.

– Every minute, a child dies of malaria.

– Malaria costs Africa $12 billion annually.

– In Africa, 40% of health resources are used to treat malaria

Buy a Mosquito Net Today and Help End Malaria!

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