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Malaria Quick Facts

  • More than 40 percent of the world’s population lives in areas where there is a risk of contracting malaria.
  • A child dies of malaria every 30 seconds.
  • Nearly one million people die of malaria every year, mostly infants, young children, and pregnant women and most of them in Africa.
  • Approximately 300 to 500 million cases of clinical malaria occur each year.
  • Malaria accounts for at least $12 billion in economic losses each year in Africa, and a reduction in annual economic growth estimated at 1.3 percent.

Source: World Health Organization

Last Updated July 07, 2010