- Half of the world's population—3.3 billion people—are at risk of contracting malaria. (source)
- Between 300 and 500 million people contract malaria each year, and one million of those die. (source)
- 650,000 children under age 5 die of malaria each year; that's 65% of total malaria deaths and the third leading cause of under-five mortality. (source)
- Malaria contributes to the continuing cycle of poverty in developing nations. (source)
- Malaria is caused by a protozoan parasite transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito. (As an interesting tidbit: only female mosquitoes bite; males eat pollen and are an important part of the ecosystem.)
- Anopheles mosquitoes are active at night, biting while people sleep. (source)
- Bed nets can cut incidences of malaria by at least 25%. (source)
- You can donate a bed net and save a life for as little as $5 through Malaria No More or Nothing But Nets.