PAHW's Sales Support Malaria: A Brief Overview of the Disease

When shoppers purchase a photograph in our gallery, they currently have the option of supporting three health and human rights initiatives: malaria prevention, clean water and art therapy. (Please note: the health and human rights initiatives supported by Picture A Healthier World are subject to change based on changes in the projects led by the organizations we support).Al Jazeera’s recent video provides a nice overview of the status of the malaria crisis today, and what needs to be done to prevent the mosquito-borne disease from ravaging communities, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa where 90% of malaria deaths occur. 

About 3.2 billion people – almost half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria. Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Each year, there are over 200 million cases of malaria, and an estimated 429,000 deaths. Children under age five are particularly susceptible to infection, illness and death from malaria. Additionally, malaria infection during pregnancy is associated with low birth weight among newborn infants — one of the leading risk factors for infant mortality and sub-optimal growth and development. As a result, malaria has serious economic impacts in Africa, slowing economic development and perpetuating the cycle of poverty. Malaria is a disease of poverty, afflicting primarily those living in malaria-prone rural areas in poorly-constructed dwellings that offer inadequate barriers against mosquitoes.

Yet malaria can be prevented by sleeping under insecticide-treated nets, residual spraying and administering anti-malarial drugs. As a result of these strategies, global malaria cases declined steadily between 2010 (237 million cases) and 2015 (211 million cases). However, according to The World Malaria Report 2017 published by the World Health Organization, progress in the fight against malaria has stalled because funding has plateaued. In 2016, the number of cases increased significantly to 216 million. 

By selecting "Malaria Prevention Pills" when you add an item on our site to your cart, up to 896 tablets of anti-malarial drugs will be administered to children in malaria-prone communities. Read more about how your purchase can support malaria prevention by visiting our FAQs page.