Malaria is one of the world’s three major infectious diseases. Although the number of infections and deaths due to malaria has been falling for the past several years, annually around 200 million people are infected and some 450,000 die from the disease. In Africa, one child under the age of five dies from malaria every two minutes*.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015 address a number of medical issues, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has set the goal of cutting malaria-related deaths, and the number of people infected by the disease, by 90% by 2030, compared with 2015 levels.
* Source: World Malaria Report 2017