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

 

“Malaria kills more than bullets,” says an MSF nurse working in PK 5 camp in Bangui, Central African Republic.  Read latest on the crisis in CAR. 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

 

 
One of the best ways to reduce malaria transmission is through the use of ITNs (insecticide treated nets). In Guinea, MSF has set up a network of Community Health Agents as part of its strategy to tackle malaria. These agents handled 23,000 of the 77,000 cases treated by MSF in the Guéckédou region in 2012.  Currently an MSF emergency team is responding to the Ebola outbreak in GuéckédouTop
 
 
 
The village of Tounfafi is one of the places in the Madaoua district where MSF is rolling out a revolutionary malaria prevention programme with the assistance of more than 2000 community health workers.  Similar programmes in West Africa have brought about a reduction in cases of 83%. 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.