GSK and Comic Relief join forces in the battle against malaria
22 April 2016
Malaria is one of the world’s oldest diseases: carried by mosquitoes and passed on when they bite humans, it can be life-threatening. Progress has been made against malaria and the number of people who die from this disease has more than halved in the past 15 years. However, much more needs to be done to fight this disease.
Malaria continues to claim nearly half a million lives every year, most of them very young children in Africa. This is one child every two minutes. As shocking as this statistic is, it is even more shocking given that it is a disease that can be prevented and treated.
The World Health Organization has set a target to cut malaria cases and deaths by at least 90% by 20301. This will take teamwork. That’s why GSK and Comic Relief have joined forces in a new five-year partnership to help strengthen health systems’ ability to tackle malaria and improve people’s health in five countries that are worst affected by the disease; Tanzania, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Ghana and the Greater Mekong Region in Asia.
A new fund will provide grants to organisations on the frontline. These grants will support current malaria programmes and help ensure people can access diagnosis, prevention and treatment at the right time and in the right place.
This partnership builds on GSK’s longstanding commitments to fighting malaria on all fronts – from researching medicines and vaccines to supporting community prevention and education efforts.
Resources for World Malaria Day on April 25th, 2016
Find out more about the partnership between GSK and Comic Relief in this film.
Discussion points for your class:
- Discuss what preventative measures against malaria are and why they are so important.
- If you were an organisation in one of the regions mentioned in the article receiving funding, how would you prioritise spending?
- Discuss the issues that arise from malarial drug resistance.
- On April 25th people all over the world take part in a wide range of activities to mark World Malaria Day. What can you do as a class?
1 Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030, WHO, published June 2015