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Nearly every minute, a child under 5 dies of malaria

Nearly every minute, a child under five dies of malaria. Many of these deaths are preventable and treatable. In 2022, there were 249 million malaria cases globally that led to 608,000 deaths in total. Of these deaths, 76 per cent were children under 5 years of age. This translates into a daily toll of over one thousand children under age 5.


Malaria data

Child Health

Notes on the data

The following is the Sustainable  Development Goal indicators for the monitoring of malaria:

Sustainable Development Goal Target Malaria specific indicator
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Target 3.3 By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases 3.3.3  Malaria incidence per 1,000 population

* This indicator refers to antimalarial treatment among all children with fevers, rather than among confirmed malaria cases, and thus should be interpreted with caution.

For additional information, visit the latest Household Survey Indicators for Malaria Control manual.