Nothing But Nets, aglobal grassroots campaign to raise awareness, funds, and voices to fight malaria says every two minutes, a child dies from malaria, a disease caused by a single mosquito bite.
Malaria is preventable and treatable, with a life-saving, insecticide-treated bed net and other malaria prevention tools and treatment. Refugees, pregnant women, and children are most vulnerable to this disease.
Malaria is transmitted to people through the bites of Anopheles mosquitoes, which primarily bite at night and carry the life-threatening disease caused by the blood parasite Plasmodium. In 2015, there were 212 million new cases of malaria worldwide and 429,000 deaths, 70% of which were children under five.
Executive Director of Nothing But Nets, Margaret Reilly McDonnell, in an e-mail to this reporter says nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria. Most malaria cases and deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. However, South-East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East are also at risk.
According to her group, ”a century ago, malaria existed nearly everywhere in the world. Since then, incredible progress has been made – and the malaria map is shrinking. In fact, we’re at a pivotal moment in history. With greater political commitments, sustained financial investments, and enhanced regional initiatives for malaria elimination, we can be the generation to end malaria for good.
The global malaria burden remains heavily concentrated in Africa. An estimated 80% of malaria cases and 78% of malaria deaths occur in the region. Nearly 300 million people in sub-Saharan Africa still lack access to an insecticide-treated bed net.”