Fighting Malaria: Every Minute Counts

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THE PROBLEM

We’re in the fourth quarter in the fight against malaria. Since 2000, with smart solutions like bednets, more than six million people have survived the world’s oldest and deadliest disease. But, in this life-saving battle, we’re not just racing against the clock, we’re racing to save lives. Too many children will never make it to the fourth quarter of a basketball game, the fourth grade at school or even their fourth birthday, if we don’t all join together to act. The clock is ticking. A child dies of malaria every two minutes. That’s 840 children — and their futures — taken each day.

WE HAVE MADE PROGRESS

Our progress in the past ten years has been thanks in large part to the President’s Malaria Initiative. As the world’s leading donor in global health, the United States is strongly committed to working with our partners to free people from the intolerable burden of malaria. No child should die of a mosquito bite.

HOW WE PREVENT & TREAT MALARIA

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TIMELY DIAGNOSIS
Rapid-diagnostic tests are expanding the world’s ability to confirm malaria cases in remote settings, ensuring that people get the right treatment when and where they need it.

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TREATMENT
Artemisinin-based combination therapies are the first-line treatment for malaria. A full course of life-saving malaria treatment can cure a child in one to three days.

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MOSQUITO NETS
Long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets prevent malaria by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when most transmissions occur, and one net can protect two people.

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PROTECT EXPECTING MOTHERS
During pregnancy, common problems include maternal anemia, miscarriage, prematurity, stillbirth, and low birthweight in newborns. Provision of an antimalarial drug monthly prevents malaria during pregnancy.

WE CAN END MALARIA BY 2040

In his 2016 State of the Union address, President Obama challenged us to end malaria for good. These existing tools are simple and scalable - a mosquito net can protect a mother and child for three years; a rapid diagnostic test and inexpensive medicines can save a child’s life. With the right investments, we know we can end malaria in a generation, save 11 million lives and unlock $2 trillion in economic benefits.

JOIN THE FIGHT
TO END MALARIA

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USAID has teamed up with Malaria No More, Nothing But Nets and basketball MVP Stephen Curry to launch a challenge to help end Malaria. Call YOUR Shot and join the fight.

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Last updated: May 23, 2016

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