Where malaria rates are the worst

The two countries with the worst malaria rates are Benin, with around 383 new cases per 1,000 people in 2021, and Burkina Faso, with roughly 376. Liberia and Mali follow close behind at about 356 and 353 new cases per 1,000 people.


In Benin, 40% of consultations with a healthcare provider and 25% of all hospital admissions are due to malaria. In Burkina Faso, the disease accounts for 43% of consultations and more than 60% of hospitalizations.

Malaria causes 30% of deaths in Burkina Faso. In Liberia and Mali, it’s the leading cause of seeking medical attention and of death.

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