Malaria is most common in poor, deprived areas. In many cases, malaria itself is the cause of such poverty: malaria causes havoc on a socioeconomic level as patients are often bedridden and incapable of carrying out normal daily tasks, resulting in burdens on households and health services, and ultimately huge losses to income in malaria-endemic countries. This suffering and loss of life are tragically unnecessary because malaria is largely preventable, detectable, and treatable.
While 90 percent of malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa, the disease is present in nearly every tropical area where Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) carries out field programs: from Ethiopia and Sierra Leone to Cambodia and Myanmar. Go to doctorswithoutborders.org to learn more.