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Malaria is caused by Plasmodium parasites. The parasites are transmitted to people through the bite of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. There are five disease-causing Plasmodium species, but P. falciparum is the predominant parasite worldwide, with exception of the Americas where P. vivax accounts for the majority of Malaria cases.

Malaria is an acute febrile illness. Frequent symptoms include fever, chills and headache, if left untreated it can progress to severe manifestations, such as severe anaemia and cerebral malaria. 

Due to global efforts malaria deaths have been reduced by half, since 2010. Still...

Every 2 minutes, a child dies of malaria.

Malaria is curable and preventable. Methods of prevention include vector control, insecticide-treated nets and Intermittent preventive treatment in pregnant women and infancy.


of all deaths occur in children under 5

228 Mio

cases annually


of all cases occur in Africa

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≈ 44%

of the world's population at risk

at a glance

World Malaria Day is celebrated on 25th April, as an opportunity to raise awareness and mobilise political commitment 

towards Malaria research, control and prevention.

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Vaccines, the way forward

The first malarial vaccines, developed by Oxford University with EVI support, are now approved and being administered in multiple countries. While this represents a critical milestone in the field, further effort is needed to study how best to implement these vaccines and create second generation malarial vaccines with improved efficacy.

EVI's vaccine development portfolio against malaria encompasses blood-stage malaria vaccines, including targeting placental malaria, as well as pre-erythrocytic and combination malaria vaccines.

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