Malaria is a disease caused by Plasmodium parasites, which is transmitted thought the bites of infected mosquitos. Each year, an estimated 214 million people are infected with malaria, causing approximately 438,000 deaths – mostly children under the age of five.
Malaria is particularly devastating in Africa, where it is a leading killer of children. In fact, there are 10 new cases of malaria every second. Every 2 minutes, a child in Africa dies from a malaria infection and 90% of all malaria deaths occur in the region. When combined with HIV/AIDS, malaria is even more deadly, particularly for pregnant women and children.