Putting children and mothers first

16 Nov 2016

MMV is working energetically towards a world where innovative new antimalarials cure and protect children and mothers, and help to ultimately eradicate malaria.

Malaria is one of the greatest killers of children and pregnant women. In 2015, 438,000 people died from this ancient disease – 70% were children under 5 years of age. At the same time, around 125 million pregnant women around the world are at risk, each year.

In Africa alone, approximately 10,000 women and 200,000 babies die annually as a consequence of the infection, and there are substantial numbers of infants born prematurely and with low birth weight. Pregnant women who contract malaria are more likely to experience life-threatening outcomes, like cerebral malaria and severe anaemia, putting two lives at risk, not one.