|Malaria is one of the leading causes of death and morbidity worldwide, especially in the developing world. Malaria is an infectious disease that, despite being preventable and treatable, threatens the lives of 3.2 billion people around the world. Every year the disease accounts for over 438,000 deaths, the majority of which are in sub-Saharan Africa where a child dies every minute from malaria. Pregnant women and children under five years of age are especially vulnerable – high maternal mortality, low birth weight and maternal anaemia are other consequences of this devastating disease.
In 2015, there were 96 countries that had some degree of malaria transmission. The toll on children under five has been especially devastating, accounting for 70 percent of all malaria deaths.Despite massive progress in fighting malaria in the past decade, the parasite that causes the disease has evolved and become more difficult to treat in some parts of Asia. Growing parasite resistance to artemisinin, the key ingredient of the most effective treatment currently available for malaria, poses a great challenge to malaria control. That is why it is imperative to maintain high levels of funding to contain the spread of the resistant parasite to Africa where it could reverse the present downward trend and lead to large scale epidemics in populations no longer fully immune to the disease.
|Since 2003, Malaria Consortium has been fighting malaria in countries across Africa and Asia, in partnership with communities, government and non-government organisations. In our work on malaria, we focus especially on providing technical and operational support for national malaria control programmes. This includes supporting the distribution and improved use of long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) containing the spread of drug resistance, improving case management of malaria at community and health facility levels, strengthening and improving capacity for surveillance and monitoring of the disease, and carrying out operational research to ensure that solid evidence supports effective delivery of services through strengthened health systems.