Though Malaria was eliminated from the United States in the early 1950’s, it still can affect half of the world’s population. 3.2 billion people live in areas at risk of malaria transmission in 106 countries and territories. Because Malaria is one of the world’s deadliest diseases, one of the top killers of children, and keeps livelihoods and communities from thriving, we want to tackle Malaria head-on by sharing researched facts about this illness and explain what YOU can do to help!

What is Malaria?

“Malaria is a disease of the blood that is caused by the Plasmodium parasite, which can be transmitted from person to person by a particular type of mosquito.” To read a detailed description about Malaria transmission, go here.

What are the symptoms:
  • Chills, fever, and sweating, usually occurring a few weeks after being bitten.
  • Pain areas: in the abdomen or muscles
  • Whole body: chills, fatigue, fever, night sweats, shivering, or sweating
  • Gastrointestinal: diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
  • Also common: fast heart rate, headache, mental confusion, or pallor

It’s important for someone who has contracted Malaria to receive treatment within 24 hours, though that is not always doable.

Here are a few economical reasons we should be fighting against Malaria:

  • Malaria-free countries have 5x greater economic growth than countries with malaria.
  • A 10% decrease in malaria has been associated with a .3% rise in GDP.3
  • Every $1 invested in malaria control in Africa returns $40 in economic growth, contributing to Africa’s prosperity and its prospects as a trading partner. (Resource)

The Huffington Post wrote:

“About 3.3 million lives have been saved because of international malaria control interventions, the World Health Organization reports, and malaria mortality rates in African children have dropped by about 54 percent. Hopeful statistics like these help validate USAID’s declaration that the war on malaria is the “greatest success story in global health. But there’s still significant work to be done.”

This graphic does a great job covering all you need to know about Malaria:

So what can we do?

Mission Partners For Christ provides education in the communities we serve all about Malaria prevention, and we provide treatment during our outreaches. This treatment is costly but necessary. If you want to make a difference and help us beat malaria, please consider a donation to our organization to help support our efforts.