Every two minutes, a child under 5 dies of malaria

In 2018, there were 228 million malaria cases that led to 405,000 deaths. Of these 67per cent (272,000) were children under 5 years of age. This translates into a daily toll of nearly 750 children under age 5. Every two minutes, a child under five dies of malaria. Most of these deaths occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2010, mortality rates among children under 5 have fallen by 39 per cent.


Malaria data

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.