Although malaria is a life-threatening tropical disease caused by bites of infected mosquitoes, it is completely preventable. The use of treated bed nets has slashed the risk of malaria over the past years, but the fight is far from over.
Nearly half of the world’s population, 3.2 billion, is at risk of malaria, with 207 million cases reported in endemic areas like Asia, Middle East, Latin America and some parts of Europe. It kills an estimated 600,000 people each year, mostly occurring among children living in sub-Saharan Africa, where a child dies every minute from malaria. (Source: WHO, 24 Apr 2014)
Refugees are particularly vulnerable: two-thirds of refugees globally live in malaria-endemic areas. Among them, malaria is a major cause of illness and death.