What is Malaria?
Every 2 minutes a child dies from malaria - a disease spread by a single mosquito bite. Nothing But Nets works with supporters and partners around the world to raise funds and awareness about the disease and advocate for malaria prevention.
Malaria is a disease caused by the blood parasite Plasmodium, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Each year, an estimated 219 million people are infected with malaria, causing approximately 600,000 deaths – mostly children under the age of five.
Malaria is particularly devastating in Africa, where it is a leading killer of children. In fact, there are 10 new cases of malaria every second. Every 2 minutes, a child in Africa dies from a malaria infection and 90% of all malaria deaths occur in the region. When combined with HIV/AIDS, malaria is even more deadly, particularly for pregnant women and children.
Malaria is a big problem – and the disease has big consequences for families, communities, and countries. Fortunately, there are small things that can help make a huge impact in the fight against malaria. It’s easy to help: Nothing But Nets works with our UN partners to prevent malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa by sending nets to save lives and raising voices to let policymakers know that the fight against malaria is important.
Did you know?
- Malaria is only transmitted by infected female mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles. Most female Anopheles mosquitoes are nocturnal feeders (that is, they only bite at night).
- Four Nobel Prizes have been awarded for work associated with malaria to Sir Ronald Ross (1902), Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran (1907), Julius Wagner-Jauregg (1927), and Paul Hermann Müller (1948).
- The two most effective and potent anti-malaria drugs come from plants with medicinal values recognized for centuries: artemisinin from the Qinghao plant (Artemisia annual, China, 4th century) and quinine from the cinchona tree (South America, 17th century).
- When combined with HIV/AIDS, malaria is even more deadly, particularly for pregnant women and children.