Comic Relief and GSK inspire the next generation to take on Mission Control: Malaria

11th May 2017

Comic Relief and GSK are hosting a special event today to inspire the next generation to continue the fight against one of the world’s deadliest diseases.

100 pupils from 10 schools will join forces with leading malaria experts for an exclusive ‘Mission Control: Malaria’ event at the state-of-the-art McLaren Thought Leadership Centre. Some of the brightest minds in the South East will learn about malaria and come up with their own solutions to help in the fight against the disease, which continues to claim the life of a child every two minutes.

The event will provide a unique opportunity for pupils to investigate new solutions that could help to control malaria, inspired by lively debates, stimulating discussion sessions and interactive experiments, using innovative technology at their fingertips.

Pupils will meet with and work alongside leading experts dedicated to fighting malaria including Allan Pamba, Vice President and General Manager of GSK East Africa, and James Logan, Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who will facilitate live science experiments using mosquitos to find out what smells they are most attracted to.

‘Mission Control: Malaria’ is a first for the Comic Relief and GSK partnership. In 2015 the two organisations announced a five year partnership to fight malaria and strengthen health systems in countries worst affected by the disease. The £22 million fund will provide targeted grants over five years to support organisations on the frontline in four malaria-endemic countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the greater Mekong sub region.

This event was hosted by Comic Relief and GSK as part of the partnership’s mission to inspire young people to become the generation to win the fight against this preventable and curable disease.