It's World Malaria Day. Let's remind ourselves of the facts.
Suzanne Rodrigues Editorial Assistant in Oxfam's Digital Communications Team
25th Apr 2013
Today is World Malaria Day. Our Staff Health Team in Oxfam House have put together an atrium display about the disease, both to raise awareness of its impact on the lives of people we work with and also to make sure our staff always take the precautions they need to when travelling. I'll keep this blog post quite short, but I wanted to share some of the facts about malaria with you.
You've probably heard them before, but they're still pretty hard-hitting.
- In Africa, one child dies every minute from malaria.
- An estimated 80% of malaria deaths occur in just 14 countries.
- Together, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria account for over 40% of the estimated total of malaria deaths globally.
The most important fact of all might be that malaria is preventable and curable. And there are some positives - according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), malaria mortality rates have fallen by more than 25% globally since 2000 and by 33% in the WHO African Region.
Oxfam distributes thousands of mosquito nets every year, to people who have never owned one, or to people who have been displaced by a natural disaster or conflict.