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Majority of facts sourced from: World Health Organisation (WHO) Fact sheet N°94 April 2010 http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs094/en/ © ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY WWW.THERCS.ORG/YOUTH


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Malaria is a disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes.

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In Africa a child dies every 45 seconds of malaria and the disease accounts for 20% of all childhood deaths. Malaria is also a problem in areas of South Asia and Central and South America.

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Malaria Endemic Areas

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Symptoms appear seven days or more (usually 10–15 days) after the infective mosquito bite. The first symptoms – fever, headache, chills and vomiting – may be mild and difficult to recognize as malaria. If not treated within 24 hours, some types of malaria can progress to severe illness often leading to death.

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Approximately half of the world's population is at risk of malaria. Babies and young children are most likely to die from malaria. In sub-Saharan Africa only five per cent of children under five sleep under insecticidetreated bed nets.

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Malaria disproportionately affects poor people who cannot afford treatment or have limited access to health care, trapping families and communities in a downward spiral of poverty.

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Many countries have been successful in eliminating malaria. The global malaria eradication campaign, launched by WHO in 1955, was successful in eliminating the disease in some countries‌ but was abandoned less than two decades later in favour of the less ambitious goal of malaria control. In recent years, however, interest in malaria eradication has re-emerged.

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The Roll Back Malaria partnership is the global framework to implement coordinated action against malaria. The partnership is comprised of more than 500 partners, working together to solve this BIG global problem.

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