The fight against malaria is the biggest success story of the 21st century. The number of deaths caused by malaria globally declined 50 percent between 2000 and 2015 – that translates to an estimated 6.8 million deaths averted. The number of malaria cases has declined rapidly, dropping by more than 18 percent in that same period, resulting in a total of 1.3 billion malaria cases averted globally between 2001 and 2015.
The simplest and most effective malaria preventive tool is a long-lasting insecticidal net that a family can hang over their sleeping area. More than 795 million mosquito nets have been distributed through Global Fund-supported programs.
Cases of malaria treated through Global Fund-supported programs rose 15 percent in the past year alone, to hit a cumulative total of 668 million by end 2016.