Malaria is a life-threatening disease transmitted through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.
Although it is preventable, 303,000 children under age of five died from malaria in 2015.
Malaria is the 7th leading cause of all deaths in low-income countries, with 212 million new malaria cases worldwide in 2015.
Malaria is most prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa. The hardest hit countries are Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, which account for about 40% of all malaria deaths.
Long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLIN)
Long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLIN) prevent deaths from malaria and are inexpensive — about USD2.50 to USD6.00 per net.
People sleep under these bed nets in areas at high risk of malaria, but more nets are needed. Only 42% of households had LLINs for all members in 2015.
Seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC)
Seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) involves giving children full malaria monthly treatment courses during the malaria season.
Consists of administering a up to four treatment courses of SP [sulfadoxine–pyrimethamine] + AQ [amodiaquine] to children aged 3–59 months during the high malaria transmission period in areas of highly seasonal malaria transmission.
Strong evidence suggests that SMC substantially reduces malaria cases.