The worldwide resurgence of malaria has been extensively documented, and with 300 to 500 million cases occurring each year, it is likely that more people are infected with malaria today in sub-Saharan Africa than any other time in history. This region of the world bears the brunt of disease burden: a heavy mortality toll that can reach up to 3 million lives - especially among children under age five and pregnant women - along with immense social and economic costs that hamper people's quality of life and perpetuate underdevelopment. Because access to effective medicines or even to basic preventive tools are often lacking, a child dies from malaria every 30 seconds-over 2,500 young lives lost every day.
Hentschel, C.; Itoh, M. The resurgence of malaria and the role of the medicines for malaria venture. MMV, Geneva, Switzerland (2003) 4 pp.