IANPHI Members Among Many Fighting the War Against Malaria
By Catherine Witherspoon | April 24, 2018
Malaria, a mosquito-borne disease caused by the Plasmodium parasite, is one of the ten oldest known infectious diseases affecting humans today. Individuals who are most susceptible to the disease live in poor tropical and subtropical areas of the world. When infected, many experience a fever, chills, and flu-like symptoms. While preventable and curable, if malaria is left untreated, it can lead to death.
People are still dying from malaria at an alarming rate. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 91 countries reported 216 million cases of malaria in 2016. In the same year, the disease claimed the lives of approximately 445,000 men, women, and children around the world. Africa has the highest rate of malaria infections and deaths than anywhere in the world. The continent carried 90% of the malaria cases reported and 91% of the deaths caused by the disease. But there has been some progress.
The World malaria report 2017 states that the rate of new malaria cases fell by 21% globally, and the death rates dropped by 29% between 2010 and 2015. Despite the significant progress made to date, malaria deaths and infections remain a significant threat to the global health community and to the world. Many programs, governments, and entities, including many IANPHI
On April 25th, World Malaria Day, IANPHI joins the world in bringing attention to the need to reduce the number of malaria infections and deaths by increasing funding for controlling and eliminating this disease.
To save more lives and persist in the progress to control malaria we must get ready to beat malaria, for good, before it beats us.