The fight against malaria is one of humanity’s most significant public health successes. Great progress was made in malaria control over the last two decades, resulting in a reduction in overall cases and deaths. But that progress stalled around 2018, and the COVID-19 pandemic has knocked us further off track.
Funding has plateaued, drug and insecticide resistance are increasing, and climate change threatens to push malaria transmission into new regions. Disruptions to malaria services caused by COVID-19 led to an increase in malaria deaths and cases. In 2021 there were an estimated 247 million cases of malaria and 619,000 malaria deaths worldwide; compared to 2019, there were about 15 million more cases and 51,000 more deaths.More than ever before, the Global Fund needs to support countries in their efforts to revitalize and sustain the fight against malaria. We must strive to provide better and more equitable access to all health services, vastly increase funding for malaria programs, invest in new approaches and innovations and improve use of existing tools. If we do not increase investment in fighting malaria, we must accept that we are effectively abandoning the 2030 goal to end the disease as a public health threat.
Malaria by the Numbers:
- The Global Fund provides 65% of all international financing for malaria programs.
- We have invested more than US$17.9 billion in malaria control programs as of June 2023.
- Since January 2021, we have increased malaria grants by 23% on average.
- 220 million mosquito nets distributed to protect families from malaria in 2022.
- 8.5 million structures covered by indoor residual spraying in 2022.
- 37.1 million children covered by seasonal malaria chemoprevention in 2022.
- 14.6 million pregnant women received preventive therapy for malaria in 2022.
Testing and Treatment
- 321 million suspected cases of malaria tested in 2022.
- 166 million cases of malaria treated in 2022.