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Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute

Malaria Facts

The Costs of Malaria

  • In 1995, 28 percent of household revenue in Sub Saharan Africa went to treat malaria alone.
  • Approximately 10 percent of hospital admissions in Africa are due to malaria.
  • A single bout of malaria is estimated to cost a sum equivalent to 10-20 working days in India and Africa.
  • A very-low-income African family, whose yearly income is $68, spends $19 for malaria treatment each year.
  • Malaria tends to strike at harvest time for five or six months each year.

Deaths by Malaria

  • Number of fatal cases of malaria each year: 429,000
  • Most common age at death: under 5 years
  • Every 2 minutes, a child dies of malaria
  • Five percent of African children are killed by malaria, almost 3,000 each day, or the equivalent of seven jumbo jets full of children crashing every day. 
  • Up to 23 percent of African infants are born with the malaria parasite.