Defeating malaria together

How big a problem is Malaria?

Malaria can kill within 24 hours of symptom onset.1

There were 214 million new cases of malaria worldwide in 2015, with 88% of these cases occurring in Africa.2

In 2015, there were an estimated 438,000 malaria deaths worldwide, with 90% of these deaths occurring in Africa.2

Children under five are particularly susceptible to malaria illness, infection and death. In 2015, malaria killed an estimated 306 000 under-fives globally, including 292 000 children in the African Region.2

In 2015, it is estimated that 15 countries accounted for 80% of cases, and 15 countries accounted for 78% of deaths.2

Two African countries account for nearly 35% of the global total of estimated malaria deaths: Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria.2


1. World Health Organization - malaria fact sheets

2. 2015 World Malaria Report