Research Outline

Malaria in Africa


To understand the incidents of Malaria in Africa per year.

Early Findings

Malaria Incidents

  • Official malaria statistics reported by WHO and UNICEF come from 2017 studies.
  • There are approximately 219 million reported cases of malaria worldwide. According to WHO, 92% of malaria cases (200 million) occur in Africa.
  • Four African nations account for the most cases of malaria: Nigeria (25%), Democratic Republic of the Congo (11%), Mozambique (5%), and Uganda (4%).
  • The most prevalent malaria parasite in the WHO African Region is Plasmodium falciparum, accounting for 99.7% of estimated malaria cases in 2017.

Malaria Deaths

  • There were an estimated 435,000 deaths due to malaria in 2017. The WHO African region account for 93% of the global deaths.
  • Six African countries accounted for 49% of all global malaria deaths: Nigeria (19%), Democratic Republic of the Congo (11%), Burkina Faso (6%), United Republic of Tanzania (5%), Sierra Leone (4%), and Niger (4%).

Malaria Burden