Defeating malaria together

Malaria & medicines


  • kills ~438,000 people each year – the vast majority are children
  • ƒƒcan kill within 24 hours of symptom onset
  • can infect an African child up to 13 times a year
  • ƒƒƒcosts Africa USD 12-30 billion in lost GDP every year
  • ƒƒaccounts for 40% of all public health spending in Africa
  • 5 species of malaria

    There are five species of protozoan parasites of the genus Plasmodium that have been known to cause human malaria. Learn about the key differences between the species.

  • Definitions & symptoms

    As the malaria parasites enter the blood stream they infect and destroy red blood cells. See what symptoms may result and learn the difference between uncomplicated and severe malaria.

  • Current tools

    Defeating malaria requires a comprehensive approach. Find out why both prevention and treatment are needed and why no one tool alone can defeat the parasite.

  • Malaria treatment

    ACTs are currently recommended as first-line treatment for uncomplicated P.falciparum malaria by the WHO. Learn more about malaria treatment guidelines.

  • History of antimalarials

    Discover how the treatment of malaria has progressed over the ages.

  • Optimizing artemisinin production

    MMV and the WHO joined forces to harmonise the production of artemisinin. See how these efforts helped to ensure sufficient supply of artemisinin for ACT needs.

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