A vaccine designed to protect infants from malaria proved only 30% effective in protecting children from the disease. Over 200 million people are infected with malaria each year with 700,000 dying from the disease.
Malaria is passed by infected female mosquitoes who carry the parasite that causes the illness. After feeding on infected blood, mosquitoes pass malaria when they bite healthy individuals.
Control measures, such as insecticide-treated bed nets, spraying, and removal of standing-water breeding grounds for mosquitoes have proven effective. Yet given the scope of malaria’s reach, health experts believe a vaccine is the only way to forever eradicate malaria.
You can purchase a bed net for $8.75 to protect a child in Uganda from contracting malaria. Buy a net.
Read more about the malaria vaccine here.