WHY END MALARIA

To achieve one of the greatest humanitarian victories of our time.

BECAUSE WE CAN WIN THE FIGHT

Malaria is one of oldest and deadliest diseases, devastating families, communities, and countries. Yet we have the tools to end malaria in a generation. This is why we are putting all our energy into making malaria no more.

BECAUSE ENDING MALARIA SAVES LIVES AND HELPS STOP THE CYCLE OF POVERTY

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Increasing investments to end malaria will save millions more lives, mostly pregnant women and children in Africa. However, despite tremendous progress, malaria remains one of the top killers of children under five and is a major cause of poverty and inequity in Africa.


  • In 2015, malaria claimed 429,000 lives and caused 212 million cases.1
  • Malaria accounts for half of missed days in African schools. Healthy children can go to school and learn more effectively, ultimately impacting their ability to earn a living.2
  • Keeping children healthy enables parents to go to work and reduce the need to spend their wages on malaria treatments and health care.

BECAUSE ENDING MALARIA STIMULATES ECONOMIES

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Malaria keeps families and communities from prospering. By sustaining investments in ending malaria and improving health, we can unlock economic growth and human potential.


  • Malaria-free countries have 5x greater economic growth than countries with malaria.
  • A 10% decrease in malaria has been associated with a .3% rise in GDP.3
  • Every $1 invested in malaria control in Africa returns $40 in economic growth, contributing to Africa’s prosperity and its prospects as a trading partner.

BECAUSE ENDING MALARIA HELPS KEEP US SAFER AND HEALTHIER

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Malaria research is developing next generation tools and strategies to help fight Zika, dengue, and other mosquito-borne diseases and to prevent epidemics.


  • Surveillance and response systems can identify and track transmission of other fast-moving infectious diseases.
  • Rapid diagnostics and better treatments address the growing threat of resistance to anti-malarial drugs and insecticides.
  • Health care workers trained to diagnose and treat malaria also fight other diseases and can respond quickly to an emerging epidemic.

PARTNERS IN THE MALARIA FIGHT

Learn more about government, private sector, and public-private partnership investments in malaria control and prevention.