This week the Global Fund released a new infographic that offers a clear and powerful snapshot of where we stand in the global fight against malaria.
Recent history has proven we are making great strides. Over the past decade, a collective global effort to reduce and control malaria has saved 1 million lives. Our partners, including the Global Fund and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, have distributed hundreds of millions of bed nets, and provided treatments to millions of people. As a result, malaria-related deaths have dropped by a quarter since 2010.
Yet while each life saved reminds us what is possible, the new infographic leaves no doubt that our work is far from over.
Consider this central fact: malaria kills one child every minute. That means today alone more than 1,400 children will have died from a malarial mosquito bite. When you add it all up, including adults, we’re losing well over half a million people every year to malaria, a preventable and treatable disease.
We have made tremendous gains in the fight against malaria, but we must develop new tools and approaches to save even more lives and accelerate countries’ progress toward the elimination and eventual global eradication of this devastating disease.
Learn more about malaria and the human stories at the heart of the global response in an interactive online special produced by the Global Fund.