Malaria

Malaria test

Malaria has killed more people than all wars, throughout human history, combined. It still kills over 250,000 children under five each year in Africa alone.

The good news is that we know the things that work against malaria, and with your support we can help provide them. Educating communities, training health workers, access to mosquito nets, testing kits and anti-malarial drugs; these are all relatively cheap and effective ways to save lives. So much so, that since 2000, child malaria death rates in Africa have dropped by 71%.

Stats and stories

  • In Africa we’ve helped

    OVER 90,000

    children under five be treated with anti-malarial drugs.

  • Davina and Fleur in Tanzania

    Davina McCall and Fleur de Force in Tanzania

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    Davina McCall and Fleur de Force went to Tanzania to witness the devastating effects of malaria, first-hand, and see how Comic Relief and GSK are working together to fight this deadly disease.

What is malaria?

Malaria is a disease, caused by the Plasmodium parasite, which is passed from person to person by the female Anopheles mosquito. Symptoms include fever, headaches, muscle pains and vomiting. If not diagnosed and treated quickly, it can cause anaemia, permanent learning disabilities and death.

Baby in Africa

Joining forces

In 2015, Comic Relief and GSK announced a five-year, £22 million partnership to fund organisations fighting malaria in four malaria-endemic countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the greater Mekong sub region.

Lady unfurling a mosquito net

Lasting change

Our work with the Malaria Consortium is a great example of how collaborating with others, to pool resources and knowledge, can have truly massive impact.

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