We’ve come a long way in the fight against one of the world’s deadliest diseases.
Between the years 2000 and 2015, malaria deaths fell nearly 50% — from a high of 839,000 down to 438,000 just a decade and a half later.
Bill Gates has had a hand in that progress, having committed more than $2 billion in grant money to malaria research and insecticide-treated bed nets in sub-Saharan Africa. Nets treated with the material are estimated to be twice as effective at keeping people disease-free than untreated nets, and 70% more effective than no net at all.
On July 3, Gates tweeted a GIF demonstrating the effort’s great success thus far.
You can help fight malaria by donating to the Against Malaria Foundation, recently judged the best charity in the world.