Malaria: blood, sweat, and tears

A photographic exhibition by Adam Nadel

Every 48 seconds malaria kills. In the next three hours 225 people will die from malaria.

For thousands of years, people from all over the world have fought to avoid falling victim to the parasite, dreaming of freedom from its deadly grasp. This dream can become a reality.

Malaria is an infectious disease that today threatens the lives of over three billion people worldwide. In Africa it is one of the biggest killers of children under five years old. Yet the disease is preventable and treatable. The path before us is clear, and the choice is ours.

In recent years, enormous gains have been made in controlling malaria. Millions of lives have been saved. But this is not the first time great progress has been made against the illness. In the 1950s and 60s a significant portion of the world was made malaria-free, only to have the parasite re-establish itself after international funding and attention were directed elsewhere.

Malaria Consortium is one of many leaders in the fight against malaria. As with other members of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, we are guided by the Global Malaria Action Plan that clearly explains what we need to do, and how much it will cost. We have never been so close to achieving our goal. With your continued support, our aim of ridding the world of this devastating illness can become a reality.

Your support is essential and can come in many forms. Write letters to your elected leaders. Encourage them to maintain their contributions to the international fight against malaria and fully fund the Global Malaria Action Plan.

Donate to Malaria Consortium, or one of the many partners or charities that work within the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. The cost of a cup of coffee can buy a life-saving course of antimalarial medication. Two movie tickets will protect a home from mosquitoes for one year through indoor spraying with long-lasting insecticides. The cost of a large ice cream will pay for a long lasting insectide treated mosquito net, which will protect a pregnant woman or young child.

Find out how you can get involved, or visit Malaria Consortium’s website to learn more about what we are doing.

What we do today will determine the future of malaria. Please join our fight against this global killer. Thank you for viewing this exhibition, and for your support.

Adam Nadel and Malaria Consortium

Malaria Tears 05 Timeline

Malaria deaths

  • 660,000 estimated malaria deaths globally
  • 91% of deaths are in Africa
  • 86% of deaths are in children under five years of age
  • 80% of estimated malaria deaths occur in just 14 countries

Malaria cases

  • 219 million malaria cases worldwide
  • 80% of estimated cases occur in 17 countries.
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo, India and Nigeria account for 40% of estimated malaria cases

Population at risk

  • 3.3 billion (half the world’s population)

Number of countries affected

  • 104


  • Malaria mortality rates have fallen by more than 25% globally since 2000
  • In Africa, the reduction has been by 33%
  • Progress has been faster in countries with lower numbers of cases and deaths
  • 50 countries are on track to reduce their malaria case incidence rates by 75%, in line with World Health Assembly and Roll Back Malaria

Targets for 2015

  • These 50 countries only account for 3% (seven million) of the total estimated malaria cases

Economic cost of the disease

  • Annual economic burden of malaria is estimated at least US$12 billion per year of direct losses in Africa, plus many times more than that in lost economic growth.

Costs of commodities

  • Long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito net that lasts about three years: US$1.39 per person per year of protection
  • Course of artemisinin-based combination therapy (anti-malaria drugs) for an adult: US$0.90 – 1.40
  • Course of artemisinin-based combination therapy (anti-malaria drugs) for a young child: US$0.30 – 0.40
  • Rapid diagnostic test for malaria: US$0.50



Source: Figures provided by the World Health Organization: 2012 World Malaria Report.