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Malaria Prevention

UNICEF's Work: Malaria

Every 60 Seconds, a Child Dies of a Mosquito Bite

It is the 3rd single biggest killer of children globally. Yet, malaria is 100% preventable and treatable, making all malaria deaths unacceptable.

Over 90% of malaria deaths occur in Africa, accounting for 1 in 5 childhood deaths there. 

UNICEF is the world's largest provider of insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs), which help protect families from malaria. UNICEF delivered over 18 million long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) to 39 countries in 2012. More bed nets and more global funding for malaria programs are helping reduce malaria in many countries. Between 2004 and 2010, more than 400 million nets were delivered to malaria-endemic countries.

On April 25,  World Malaria Day, we commemorate the global effort to eliminate malaria. Deaths from malaria have dropped by 25% between 2000 and 2010, which represent many thousands of individual children's lives saved.

Together, we can help provide the prevention tools and access to lifesaving treatment to end this deadly, preventable child-killer, and bring us closer to the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes.

Recent News on UNICEF's Fight Against Malaria

April 25, 2013

Despite Progress, 1,500 African Children Die Daily from Malaria

Malaria still kills 660,000 people every year, most of them African children. Insecticide-treated bed nets are critical to eliminating deaths from malaria—one of the leading killers of children in the world, says UNICEF on World Malaria Day. The number of bed nets in sub-Saharan Africa has increased to 145 million thanks to bulk buying, joint procurement, financing and extending manufacturing capacity. Since 2000, 1.1 million lives have been saved from malaria, and malaria mortality rates in Africa have declined by one-third.



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