Malaria: Success Against a Persistent Disease

a nurse in a community setting taking a blood sample of child on a glass slide to detect malaria parasites under a microscopy.

Along multiple fronts and with strong partnerships, CRS pushes to counter a grim and too often fatal mosquito borne illness. Learn how. Photo by Suzanne Van Hulle/CRS


Abou wades through a swollen stream to reach a village. Battling Malaria in Senegal
For a villager in Senegal, Abou Deme is unusual: He speaks English, listens to the BBC, likes world politics and is committed to stopping malaria.

Hawa with her children. Under the Malaria Safety Net in Niger
Hawa knows the nightmare of malaria. So now, every night, she herds her brood under the mosquito net. Then she crawls in after them.

Sutura member with bed net. Gambian Women Take Up Fight Against Malaria
In The Gambia, 18 women formed a group to save money. They soon began saving their community from malaria.

CRS Technical Resources

Use these resources to learn more about CRS' work to combat malaria around the world.

Related Links

Use these resources to learn more about how other organizations are combating malaria around the world.

Facts About Malaria

  1. Half the world's population—more than three billion people—are at risk for malaria.
  2. Globally, there were 207 million cases of malaria in 2013. More than 627,000 people died; nearly 80% were children under five.
  3. Global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000.
  4. In 2014, CRS will distribute 3.5 million nets mosquito nets in Niger, South Sudan and The Gambia.
  5. Since 2008, CRS has provided malaria treatment to more than 1.5 million children under five.

Mosquito Nets for a Family

Child with bed net

For just $30, you can protect a family of 6 from malaria while they sleep. Learn how.

Buzz Killer: Nets Shield Against Malaria Bug

Millions of West Africans fall asleep at night to the buzzing of mosquitoes. They mummy themselves in bedsheets trying to escape the killers of the continent. The answer: mosquito nets. In May 2013, Catholic Relief Services and our partners distributed 3.2 million nets in Guinea, a tropical country on the West Coast of Africa, and hundreds of thousands a few years beforehand. Watch this video to find out more.