Malaria kills over 400,000 people annually, most in sub-Saharan Africa. Children under 5 years of age are the most vulnerable group affected by malaria. In 2018, they accounted for 67% of all malaria deaths worldwide. Malaria in pregnancy compromises the mother’s health and puts her at greater risk of death. It also impacts the health of the fetus, leading to prematurity and low birth-weight, major contributors to neonatal and infant mortality. In 2018, some 11 million pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa were infected with malaria and, subsequently, nearly 900 000 children were born with a low birth weight.
Malaria costs at least $12 billion per year, burdens fragile health systems and contributes to billions of dollars in lost economic growth.
The rate of decline in malaria incidence has slowed dramatically from 2014 to 2018. Yet, according to the Lancet Commission on Malaria Eradication, eradication is possible within a generation with the right tools, strategies and sufficient funding.
Our PermaNet® long lasting insecticidal nets play a leading role in the fight against malaria. Vector control is the main way to prevent and reduce malaria transmission. Our newest bednet provides an effective protection, even in areas of insecticide resistance.
The company is a valued partner to UN and aid agencies, governments, and NGOs. Vestergaard has been an active member of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria since its creation and has taken a leadership role on issues related to governance and innovative financing. Vestergaard is a also a member of the Business Alliance Against Malaria and of the Private Sector Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.