Published: April 23, 2015
Malaria, a fever caused by a parasite that invades red blood cells, can be carried by mosquitoes in tropical areas. But did you know that 627,000 people die from this fever a year? There are a startling 207,000,000 cases of malaria reported each year. Seen as a public health problem by 109 countries around the world, the infection festers in sub-Saharan Africa, making up 90% of deaths that occur from malaria. Africa has not only lost population but revenue from this deadly disease, totaling up to $12,000,000,000. That’s a lot of zeroes and a lot of lives.
Sadly, most of these deaths occur to children under five years old (77%). Countries around the world are trying to fight off malaria by sending out treatment facilities over areas most likely to be affected by the fever. Internationally, disbursements to malaria-endemic countries make up $1,970,000,000 while Global domestic financing is just a portion of that amount $522,000,000.
Throughout continents, the most likely to be targeted by malaria is Africa, with its tropical weather conditions. 562,000 malaria related deaths occur in Africa a year. South-East Asia has the second largest amount of malaria related deaths (42,000). While, comparatively, Eastern Mediterranean (18,000), Western Pacific (3,5000), and the Americas (800) have fared well enough. Be on the lookout for symptoms of malaria, which include shaking, high fever, sweating, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and anemia. Talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms and save you and those around you from becoming a statistic.
By Shrien Alshabasy