Malaria facts & figures

Each year, the World Health Organization's World Malaria Report assesses global and regional malaria trends, highlights progress towards global targets, and describes opportunities and challenges in controlling and eliminating the disease. Below are some of the highlights from the most recent report.

  • Malaria can kill within 24 hours of symptom onset.1
  • In 2016, an estimated 216 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide, with 90% of these cases occurring in the WHO Africa Region.2
  • In 2016, there were an estimated 445,000 malaria deaths worldwide, with 91% of these deaths occurring in Africa.2
  • In 2016 approximately 80% of all deaths in 2016 occurred in 15 countries, all of which are in the WHO African Region, except for India.2
  • Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burkina Faso and India accounted for 58% of all malaria deaths globally.2

1. World Health Organization - malaria fact sheets

2. 2017 World Malaria Report