According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are than 200 million people suffering from malaria, and more than 400,000 people died from malaria in 2018. Among the people that died due to malaria, more than half of them were children under five years.
Africa is the continent that carries the highest burden of malaria, and in 2018 Africa had more than 90% of all the people suffering from malaria and also almost all the deaths came from Africa. It also estimated that a child dies every two minutes due to malaria.
Malaria is a deadly adversary, but there are also some charities that are on a mission to eradicate the diseases from the face of the planet.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
This is a household name wherever charities are mentioned. The foundation supports various issues like poverty and health. Although it is based in Washington, its work is felt across the globe. One of their top agendas is eradicating malaria from the face of the planet.
They launched a new strategy called “Accelerate to Zero” in 2013, and they have committed almost two billion dollars to fight malaria. They focus on demonstrating new methods to eliminate malaria, community mobilisation and funding of new inventions.
Nothing but Nets
This charity works with the UN to make sure that Africans get treated mosquito nets. It began as a grassroots campaign, and contributions begin as low as $10. This money is used to buy an insecticide-treated net and conduct educational campaigns on its use. To date, the charity has raised more than $45 million and has donated more than seven million nets.
Roll Back Malaria
Roll Back Malaria is a partnership that encompasses more than five hundred players ranging from NGOs, academic institutions and even governments. It aims to reduce malaria mortality rates by more than 90% by 2030.