The high cost of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa

39 per cent of firms report serious impact on business: study
||Last Updated: 09/20/2006

Malaria costs businesses in sub-Saharan Africa 0.6 per cent of gross domestic product, according to a new study.

The Global Health Initiative of the World Economic Forum surveyed more than 8,000 business leaders in 100 countries and found 39 per cent of firms in sub-Saharan Africa reported malaria causes serious impact on their activities.

Seventy-two per cent of all respondents reported their firms were affected in some way by the mosquito-borne disease at the time of the survey.