Is malaria a killer disease?
Yes. Malaria causes somewhere between 700,000 to 1 million deaths worldwide, mostly in children under five, and mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. As such, it is actually one of the leading causes of death in young children in developing countries.
Given this high mortality, many initiatives working to control malaria are dedicated to reducing the number of deaths as a key way of lowering the overall burden of this disease; groups such as Malaria No More and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership have committed to bringing the number of deaths from malaria to zero or near zero by 2015.