How big a problem is Malaria?

ƒMalaria can kill within 24 hours of symptom onset.1

There were 198 million cases of malaria worldwide in 2013, with 82% of these cases occurring in Africa.2

There were an estimated 584,000 malaria deaths worldwide in 2013, with 90% of these deaths occurring in Africa.2

78% of global malaria deaths were estimated to occur in children under 5 years of age children.2

16 countries account for 80% of malaria deaths: Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Angola, United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Niger, Chad, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Guinea, and Cameroon.2

Two African countries account for nearly 40% of global malaria deaths: The Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria account for 39% of global malaria deaths and 34% of global malaria cases.2

Malaria accounts for 40% of total government spending on public health in Africa, and costs Africa US$ 12 billion in direct costs every year and much more in lost productivity.3


1. World Health Organization - malaria fact sheets

2. 2014 World Malaria Report

3. Roll Back Malaria Partnership Annual Report 2011