Countries with the Most Malaria Deaths

Name the countries that had the most estimated deaths due to malaria in 2017.
According to the World Health Organization
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Last updated: November 13, 2019
First submittedApril 28, 2017
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Overall
# Deaths
Country
82,000
Nigeria
46,000
D.R. Congo
28,000
Burkina Faso
22,000
Tanzania
18,000
Sierra Leone
17,000
India
17,000
Niger
15,000
Mozambique
14,000
Uganda
13,000
Angola
12,000
Kenya
Outside Africa
# Deaths
Country
17,000
India
3,100
Papua New Guinea
2,700
Indonesia
1,900
Yemen
800
Pakistan
460
Venezuela
200
Myanmar
350
Cambodia
300
Afghanistan
80
Haiti
80
Bangladesh
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Level 71
Apr 28, 2017
Mali surprised me - I assumed it would be too dry for there to be many mosquitoes. Depressing quiz though.
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Level 63
Sep 7, 2017
The northern half of Mali is rather dry but the southern part of the country is jungle
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Level 56
Nov 21, 2019
Mosquitoes are present in every country outside Iceland
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Level 82
Apr 28, 2017
I was surprised by Yemen (thought it would be too dry) and Venezuela (never thought it was a big problem in S. America).
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Level 69
Sep 11, 2017
There is a significant chunk of highland Yemen that has a seasonal tropical/monsoon climate thanks to a very light rainshadow effect. I'd assume that despite the near-desert conditions, every year seasonal rainfall and tropical temperatures are just enough to breed mosquitoes and malaria.
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Level 70
Apr 30, 2017
Surprised that Central African Republic missed out, that's where I got Malaria and I wasn't the only one.
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Level 67
May 1, 2017
:o Is that where your username comes from?
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Level 85
May 5, 2017
But, to be fair, you wouldn't have been part of the statistics. It's malaria deaths, not malaria cases. I think these countries are the triangle in the middle of a venn diagram where the three circles are overpopulation, warm climate, and third world economy.
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Level 70
Sep 7, 2017
You are probably correct 'tschutzer', although I think malaria causes so much hardship among the population even though many more suffer from it then die.
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Level 69
May 5, 2017
What a tasteful quiz
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Level ∞
May 5, 2017
Thank you. I hoped you learned about this terrible disease which affects millions of people every year.
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Level 59
Nov 14, 2019
Yeah imagine accidentally making people aware of stuff that might potentially be useful information. Quizzes are supposed to be about guessing and feeling proud of yourself if you get 100%.
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Level 59
Nov 14, 2019
Though actually this might explain why you deleted that quiz about Islamist terrorism.
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Level 54
Sep 7, 2017
I wonder if sickelcell deaths are included, which is a directly related to Malaria immunity,
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Level 66
Nov 8, 2019
It isn't. And it's 'sickle cell', by the way.
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Level 48
Sep 7, 2017
Maybe don't say Countries outside of Africa, because India falls in that category although it is in the majority category.
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Level 75
Jan 23, 2018
But India is outside of Africa and it's also one of the majority countries
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Level 63
Nov 15, 2019
If the quiz had no column for "outside Africa" the quiz would just consist of mostly listing African countries.
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Level 55
May 4, 2018
Yemen? Isn't it mostly desert?
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Level 80
Feb 17, 2019
Mostly. But the population is crammed mostly in to the southwest corner of the country which is pretty swampy in the areas by the coast.
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Level 75
Nov 14, 2019
That graphic. Squee.
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Level 80
Nov 14, 2019
india is twice...
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Level 59
Nov 14, 2019
Yes because it is both in the top 11 outside of Africa and the top 11 overall.
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Level 80
Nov 15, 2019
oh damn...right thanks
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Level 72
Nov 21, 2019
I appreciate the good attempt to increase awareness of this still horrible (and often overlooked) scourge, but I am afraid that the quiz is inadvertently blessing junk data. Gaining accurate data of Africa is often a challenge (I've been doing it for years), but UN agencies, including WHO, are especially weak, if only because they don't challenge the BS they are handed by member states. A glimpse of the map makes this clear. 18,000 deaths in Sierra Leone, but none in Liberia? 46,000 in DRC, but none in Republic of Congo? None in Sudan? Etc. If I have time, I will try to research better data sources for a more accurate quiz.
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Level 56
Nov 21, 2019
Is it weird that I'm living in India all my life and I have known none who have died from Malaria or even suffering from it?
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Level ∞
Nov 21, 2019
Not really. My guess is that malaria is isolated in the poorest communities. Also 17,000 a year isn't that much in a country the size of India.
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Level 69
Nov 21, 2019
Roughly 0.0013% of the Indian population dies of malaria every year. Assuming a uniform distribution (which, as QM suggests above, is unrealisitic), you would need to know about 78,765 people, and keep track of theirs deaths each year, to be expected to know one who died from malaria. A quick survey of the internet suggests that the average person (at least in the US) has about 600 acquaintances. It would be much weirder if you did know someone who died of malaria.
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Level 47
Nov 21, 2019
cries this is sad cries
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Level 33
Nov 22, 2019
Just so you know, I think you mixed up Myanmar, Cambodia, and Afghanistan, or the numbers are just wrong.
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Level 66
Apr 3, 2020
Yes, the right column is not in the correct numerical order.
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Level 66
Nov 22, 2019
Got all but Yemen!
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Level 44
Dec 11, 2019
I thought Malawi would've be here. Good to learn something new I guess.
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Level 65
Apr 13, 2020
Not sure why I guessed China. It’s not like they would accurately report their numbers.
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Level 63
Apr 23, 2020
Sierra Leone's numbers are quite worrying given it's not a particularly populous country