The Top 5 Countries with the Most Deaths from Malaria

  Country Reported Malaria Deaths
(estimated deaths)
Presumed and Confirmed Malaria Cases
1 Democratic Republic of Congo 30,918
2 Tanzania 8,528
3 Nigeria 7,878
4 Angola 7,300
5 Burkina Faso 6,294
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  1. According to the WHO about 3.3 billion people - half of the world's population - are at risk of malaria. Every year, this leads to about 250 million malaria cases and nearly one million deaths. People living in the poorest countries are the most vulnerable. (a.)
  2. Malaria is especially a serious problem in Africa, where one in every five (20%) childhood deaths is due to the effects of the disease. An African child has on average between 1.6 and 5.4 episodes of malaria fever each year. And every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria. (a.)
  3. Malaria is a disease which can be transmitted to people of all ages. It is caused by parasites of the species plasmodium that are spread from person to person through the bites of infected mosquitoes. If not treated promptly with effective medicines, malaria can often be fatal. (a.)
  4. Long-lasting insecticidal nets can be used to provide protection to risk groups, especially young children and pregnant women in high transmission areas. This provides personal protection. The nets can also protect communities when coverage is high enough (more than 80% of people in a target community sleeping inside them). The nets are effective for a number of years (3 to 5 years, depending on models and conditions of use). (a.)
  5. The funds committed to malaria control from international sources have increased consistently between 2004 and 2009; funds remained at US$ 1.8 billion in 2010, substantially lower than the resources required to achieve global targets, estimated at more than US$ 6 billion for the year 2010. (b).
Top 5 facts sources:
  1. World Health Organization. 2011."Fact file: 10 Facts on Malaria.
  2. World Health Organization. 2010. "World malaria Report 2010."
Tags: Country Statistics, Death Statistics, Health Statistics, India

Sources:  World Health Organization: World Malaria Report 2014.

List Notes: Data is the top 5 countries with the most reported malaria deaths and presumed and confirmed malaria cases for the year 2013. List is latest available data as of August 2015. This list also includes estimated deaths for the year 2012 in order to give a more complete picture of the malaria problem as some country data may be incomplete or unreliable.
Countries with the Most Deaths from Malaria

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