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MALARIA
 
 

Every year, malaria causes 655,000 deaths. Every minute, a child dies from malaria. Right now, International Medical Corps is on the ground to combat malaria and help save lives.

 

WHAT IS MALARIA?


Malaria is a life-threatening parasitic disease transmitted by mosquitoes. It was once thought that the disease came from fetid marshes, hence the name mal•aria (bad air). In 1880, scientists discovered the real cause of malaria: a one-cell parasite called plasmodium. Later they discovered that the parasite is transmitted from person to person through the bite of a female Anopheles mosquito, which requires blood to nurture her eggs.

Anopheles Mosquito

International Medical Corps is committed to fighting malaria around the world through treatment, prevention, and educational activities. We integrate our anti-malaria programs into all primary health care services. We work with governments to successfully introduce new malaria protocols and new drug combinations. International Medical Corps supplies many health centers while simultaneously building the capacity of health providers.

 

 

 



 MALARIA WORLDWIDE

3.3 billion people
Half the world's population are at risk of malaria.


655,000 people
die each year from malaria


Every minute
a child dies from malaria

 

 

 MALARIA IN AFRICA

90% of all malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

1 in 5 childhood deaths
are caused by malaria

Malaria is responsible
for a
1.3% growth
penalty per year in some African countries

10,000 pregnant women and 200,000 infants die from malaria in Africa
each year

Malaria costs Africa more than $12 billion in lost
GDP every year

In 2012 we served 363,906 with malaria

Of that group, 250,000 were children under
the age of five

 

 

 
 

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Emergency Response & Preparedness
Capacity Strengthening
Women’s & Children’s Health
Clean Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
Mental Health

Additional Technical Expertise

 

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