Every minute, malaria claims a life in Africa; but, malaria mortality rates are falling. Just a few short years ago, statistics showed a child died every 30 seconds of the mosquito-borne disease.
Malaria's impact has been cut in half. Insecticide-treated bed nets and community education are helping to reduce the incidence of malaria. Early diagnosis and treatment are helping to prevent deaths from the killer disease. Efforts to raise awareness are producing life-saving results. Still, the battle is only half won.
Imagine No Malaria, a campaign of The United Methodist Church, is dedicated to reducing death and suffering from this preventable and treatable disease by 2015. So far, we have raised more than $31.2 million, trained more than 5,800 community health workers and distributed more than 1.2 million mosquito nets in Africa.
Let's take a closer look at the progress that has been made in the fight against this needless killer that takes about 655,000 lives each year. To put it into perspective, malaria claims populations larger than the size of U.S. cities like Boston, Seattle, Baltimore, Denver, Seattle and Washington, D.C. every year. Together, we can stop it.
See a breakdown of progress and learn how to get involved by viewing the full infographic below: