What is the Impact of Malaria on Mothers and Children?

  • Children are especially vulnerable to malaria. In Africa, where 80% of malaria cases are treated at home, the disease kills one child in twenty before the age of five. Globally, the death rate is equal to seven jumbo jets, full of children, crashing every day.
  • Pregnant women are also especially at risk. In highly malarious parts of Africa, women are more than four times as likely to suffer clinical attacks of malaria during pregnancy than at other times; but only half as likely to survive bouts of life-threatening illness.
  • Malaria, especially when combined with inadequate nutrition, causes many complications of pregnancy and stillbirths.

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