Malaria continues to be one of the world's biggest killers with an estimated 3 million people dying from it each year, and over 300 million people contract this disease annually (1). " Approximately 80% to 90% of all cases of malaria and 90% of deaths in the world due to malaria occur in Africa" (1). Annually, one million children under the age of 5 die from malaria in Africa (1).
Malaria is carried by the Anopheles mosquito which requires a blood meal to feed her developing eggs. Not everybody she bites will contract clinical malaria but you are at high risk if you are elderly, a child under the age of five years, pregnant or have low immunity. That's why it's vital to protect yourself and your family from malaria by taking preventative medication.
(1). Sharp B.L, Freese J, Malaria in South Africa, CME, 1995; 13(8): 919 - 922
These products available over the counter through pharmacy outlets in South Africa