According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), malaria kills 660,000 people every year, 90% of them in Africa. The main victims of the disease are children under-5s and pregnant women. To mark World Malaria Day and MSF's mass Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) campaign in Niger we have assembled a collection of heart breaking and inspiring pictures on the effects of malaria worldwide.
A sick child sleeps in his mother's arms while waiting for the results of a malaria screening test at an MSF clinic in Rakhine state, Myanmar in 2013. MSF was ordered to suspend all activities in the state this year.
10,000 refugees who have fled from fighting in South Sudan are waiting in a transit centre in Uganda that has a capacity of 3,700. With the approaching rainy season, MSF teams are anxious about a possible rise in malaria cases. Top
The Central African Republic is slipping deeper into crisis. With almost half the population of 4.6 million people in need of emergency aid, and with no functioning government in CAR, people are living in fear in the bush without food, hygiene, shelter or healthcare. Malaria is one of the many risks displaced people face.
A MSF mobile team member conducts a malaria test at a temporary camp in Sindh Province for people displaced by flooding. Dr. Aoibhinn Walsh, a paediatrican working in Timurgara, northern Pakistan writes about “tiny patients and the need for patience.” Top
An MSF mobile clinic in Andrah Pradesh, India where 35,000 people are living without access to health care. Malnutrition, malaria and poor vaccination are evident. Read Dr. Éimhin’s letter from the field. Top
Midwife Adele holds a newborn in Rutshuru General Hospital in Democratic Republic of Congo. MSF teams provide support across many departments of the hospital and also to two health centres in the area. In 2013, 43,232 consultations were for malaria. Watch: “Everyday Emergency.” Top
A grandmother laughs as she poses for a photo. MSF’s revolutionary preventative programme aims to reach 400,000 children in Niger this year.