Malaria is caused by a parasite of the genius plasmodium. It is spread from person to person by the bites of infected mosquitoes.
Here are 10 facts about malaria:
- About 3.3 billion people - half of the world's population - are at risk of malaria.
- It leads to approximately 1 million deaths every year.
- 1 in every 5 childhood deaths in Africa is due to malaria.
- Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria in Africa. So while you were reading this list another child just died in Africa due to malaria.
- Early diagnosis and prompt treatment are two basic elements of malaria control.
- If not treated with effective medicines malaria can often be fatal.
- Pregnant women are at high risk not only of dying from the complications of severe malaria, but also spontaneous abortion, premature delivery or stillbirth.
- Malaria is also a cause of severe maternal anaemia and is responsible for about one third of preventable low birth weight babies.
- Long-lasting insecticidal nets can be used to provide protection to risk groups, especially young children and pregnant women in high transmission areas.
- Malaria is preventable and curable.
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