Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease. Recent progress shows that together, we can put a stop to the unnecessary malaria deaths worldwide.
Derived from the Italian words for ‘bad air’, malaria is an ancient disease that is notorious for its ability to adapt to changing environments. It is believed to have been in existence for more than 4,000 years.
Malaria survivor, Dr. Ronald Ross won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1902 for his discovery that mosquitoes transmitted the malaria parasite to humans. His discovery laid the foundation for malaria prevention and treatment research.
A mere 60 years ago, malaria was rampant all over the world. However, as a result of intensive anti-malaria campaigns in the early and mid-1900’s, the majority of Europe and North America, including Canada, completely eradicated this disease.
Unfortunately, half of the world’s population continues to be at risk of malaria, in particularly, those who live in tropical regions and sub-Saharan Africa.