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Malaria Rate by Country 2024

Malaria is a severe disease caused by a plasmodium parasite and transmitted to humans through infected mosquitos. Its symptoms are similar to the flu and include a headache, chills, and a high fever. The severity of the disease depends on the specific parasite. In some cases, the disease can cause death. However, the disease is often preventable and treatable.

Malaria is more common in some countries than others. Tropical locations tend to support mosquito life and the development of the parasite. Improved sanitation and medical treatments can stop or significantly slow the transmission rate; hence, wealthier and more developed nations tend to have fewer malaria cases.

About 90 percent of the world's malaria cases occur in Africa, and 96 percent of malaria deaths occur there. Uganda has more malaria cases than any other country. In any given year, about 10.3 million people are diagnosed with the disease. Uganda's population in 2023 was about 48.5 million, meaning about 21 percent of the population gets malaria annually. Malaria is also the leading cause of death in Uganda, especially in children. Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo also have high numbers of malaria cases.

Several countries, however, are malaria-free, according to the World Health Organization. Several Western Pacific and European countries were among the first to be certified malaria-free. For example, Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom have been malaria-free since at least 1963. The first Western Pacific countries certified were the Cook Islands, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, and Tonga, also in 1963. The United States became malaria-free in 1970 and Canada in 1965. Countries are joining the malaria-free list continually. Azerbaijan, Belize, and Tajikistan were certified as malaria-free by the WHO in 2023.

- Per 1000 Incidence rates for each country pertain to the years 2021, with the exception of the following in 2020: Argentina, China, El Salvador, and Uzbekistan, and the following in 2019: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan.

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Country
Malaria Rate (per 1k)
2020 Deaths
2021 Deaths
Benin383.45
Burkina Faso376.77
Liberia356.69
Mali353.56
Central African Republic334.71
Guinea330.9
Sierra Leone329.83
Niger323.39
Mozambique320.6
DR Congo318.25
Nigeria306.46
Burundi291.44
Uganda284.02
South Sudan274.8
Ivory Coast270.87
Angola254.87
Cameroon245.08
Togo237.52
Gabon228.92
Republic of the Congo219.34
Malawi219.17
Solomon Islands216.1
Equatorial Guinea213.18
Chad206.36
Zambia187.72
Madagascar169.85
Ghana164.37
Rwanda126.32
Tanzania125.77
Papua New Guinea124.34
Guinea Bissau105.08
Gambia80.8
Sudan72.84
Djibouti70.49
Somalia66.33
Kenya64.52
Senegal59
Ethiopia46.26
Yemen46.09
Guyana32.06
Zimbabwe27.2
Eritrea25.66
Mauritania18.42
Venezuela14.52
Comoros12.82
Sao Tome and Principe12.19
Namibia10.62
Nicaragua9.850
Myanmar9.15
Colombia8.9815
Afghanistan6.25
Ecuador4.1931
Brazil3.7251
India3.24
Indonesia2.96
Bolivia2.72
Pakistan2.22
Haiti2.2
Vanuatu1.8
Peru1.761
Laos1.66
Cambodia1.63
Panama1.09
Eswatini0.92
Botswana0.62
South Africa0.5
Bangladesh0.49
Honduras0.25
Suriname0.24
North Korea0.23
Philippines0.16
Thailand0.16
Guatemala0.112
Costa Rica0.10
Mexico0.090
South Korea0.082
Dominican Republic0.06
Bhutan0.02
Vietnam0.01
Nepal0.01
China0
Egypt0
Iran0
Turkey0
Iraq0
Algeria0
Argentina00
Morocco0
Saudi Arabia0
Uzbekistan0
Malaysia07
Syria0
Sri Lanka0
Kazakhstan000
Azerbaijan0
Tajikistan0
United Arab Emirates01
Paraguay00
Kyrgyzstan0
Turkmenistan0
El Salvador0
Oman000
Georgia010
Armenia000
Timor Leste0
Cape Verde0
Belize0
United States3
Japan0
Germany2
United Kingdom7
Spain44
Poland1
Australia00
Chile0
Netherlands0
Cuba0
Czech Republic00
Greece0
Israel2
Austria00
Switzerland0
Serbia00
Bulgaria0
Singapore0
Denmark0
Finland0
Lebanon02
Croatia0
Mongolia00
Uruguay1
Bosnia and Herzegovina0
Qatar00
Lithuania00
Slovenia0
North Macedonia00
Latvia00
Estonia00
Mauritius10
Cyprus0
Luxembourg00
Iceland00
Saint Lucia0
Grenada00
Seychelles00
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines00
Antigua and Barbuda0
Dominica0
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Which country has the highest malaria rate?

Uganda is the country that reports the highest number of malaria cases each year. 10.3 million people in Uganda are diagnosed with the disease annually.

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