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Malaria in Africa

Every 2 minutes

a child dies from malaria

The Facts

The World Health Organisation Annual Malaria Report 2018

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> 215 M

Cases Recorded in Africa

in 2019

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↑ 15 M

Cases across the region

between 2015-2019

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> 255,000

Of fatalities were children

under the age of 5 years old

Mosquitoes and malaria

Malaria is a disease caused by parasites which are transmitted by female Anopheles mosquitoes. When an infected mosquito bites a person, the plasmodium parasite is passed on through the mosquitoes saliva.


Although the disease has been eradicated across most of the globe, it is ever prevalent in Africa with 94% of global cases recorded in the WHO Africa Region.

Vector Control

Vector control is the term used for the limiting or eradication of creatures which transmit disease pathogens - in this case, mosquitoes. Vector control has contributed massively to the decrease of malaria in Africa. Insecticides used in crop spraying, indoor residual spraying and bednets have been the most effective vector control methods.

However, mosquito resistance to the insecticides used is increasing - and so are the number of cases of malaria.

Now is the time for new, insecticide-free methods of vector control!

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