Since the year 2000, a concerted campaign against malaria has led to unprecedented levels of intervention coverage across sub-Saharan Africa. Understanding the effect of this control effort is vital to inform future control planning. However, the effect of malaria interventions across the varied epidemiological settings of Africa remains poorly understood owing to the absence of reliable surveillance data and the simplistic approaches underlying current disease estimates.
A new study by the Malaria Atlas Project, published in Nature, has quantified the attributable effect of malaria disease control efforts in Africa. We found that Plasmodium falciparum infection prevalence in endemic Africa halved and the incidence of clinical disease fell by 40% between 2000 and 2015. We estimate that interventions have averted 663 million clinical cases since 2000. Insecticide-treated nets, the most widespread intervention, were by far the largest contributor. Although still below target levels, current malaria interventions have substantially reduced malaria disease incidence across the continent.Explore the data
Plasmodium falciparum parasite rate in 2-10 year olds
Plasmodium falciparum incidence rate
Insecticide treated bednet coverage
Indoor residual spraying coverage
Artemisinin-based combination therapy coverage
PfPR2-10 in Africa 2000-2015
This map shows the modelled parasite rate for Plasmodium falciparum for the years 2000-2015 for all African countries where it is endemic. The map shows the percentage of 2-10 year olds infected by the parasite for each year.
Click on a country to see the national mean for each year.