Malaria is an infectious disease that, despite being preventable and treatable, threatens the lives of 3.2 billion people globally - nearly half of the world's population. Every year the disease accounts for over 430,000 deaths, the majority of which are in sub-Saharan Africa.
In countries where malaria is endemic, prevention is an important component of malaria control. Preventative medical supplies are available from IDA in the form of insecticide-treated bed nets and medicines to prevent malaria in vulnerable groups, including pregnant women and infants.
Malaria infections can be treated with anti-malarial medicines. WHO recommends the use of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) in cases of drug-resistant falciparum malaria. IDA Foundation offers a complete range of antimalarial drugs including fixed dose combinations and products for severe malaria.
In recent years, seven countries have been certified by the WHO as having eliminated malaria: United Arab Emirates (2007), Morocco (2010), Turkmenistan (2010), Armenia (2011), Maldives (2015), Sri Lanka (2016) and Kyrgyzstan (2016).