World Mosquito Day: A Story of Strength and Progress as Told Through Photos

Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease transmitted by the female Anopheles mosquito. Alone, this mosquito poses a deadly threat to nearly half of the world’s population, but women and children in sub-Saharan Africa are most at risk. Carrying 80% of the global malaria burden, the region is most vulnerable to malaria-related illness and death. In addition to loss of life, malaria places an economic burden on African nations, costing an estimated US$12 billion a year.

Despite the devastation the Anopheles mosquito has caused, investments made by host-country governments and international donors have helped protect millions of people from malaria. With support from The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), The PMI VectorLink Project continues the work of the PMI Africa Indoor Residual Spraying Project, protecting 20 million people a year from the deadly disease. Focusing our efforts in countries with the highest burden has allowed us to have the greatest impact. This World Mosquito Day, August 20, we reflect on the progress made in the fight against malaria and the strength of communities that are free of its burden.