1. African populations are extremely affected by Malaria
Malaria is caused by blood parasites transmitted from person to person through the bites of infected mosquitoes. In the absence of prompt and effective treatment, malaria often causes death.
The African Region accounts for 85% of malaria cases and 90% of malaria deaths worldwide. Malaria causes avoidable and often catastrophic spending for households and is an obstacle to the development of affected African communities and nation.

2. Mothers and children
85% of malaria deaths occur in children under five years of age. Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria. Malaria episodes in pregnant women cause anemia, and other complications in the mother and newborn child.

3. People living with HIV/AIDS
People Living With HIV/AIDS have a higher risk of recurrent malaria episodes and severe malaria.


4. Fighting malaria contributes to the attainment of several Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
Reducing malaria burden contributes in particular to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goal 4 target of reducing under-five mortality by two-thirds by 2015 but also to MDGs related to poverty reduction, education, and maternal health.


5. African leaders committed to the reduction of malaria burden
African heads of states and governments have committed to leading the reduction of malaria burden at the 2000 and 2006 Abuja Summits through ensuring universal access of exposed populations to essential malaria prevention and treatment interventions.

 

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