How can something so small be a deadly killer?

27 June 2017

GSK and Comic Relief have been working together to fight malaria, which remains to be one of the world’s biggest threats.

One of the most devastating diseases currently affecting Third World countries, malaria is an infectious disease that claims almost half million lives per year, predominantly children under the age of five (70 percent).

Treatments and prevention tactics such as antimalarial medications and mosquito nets are available, but most malaria infections happen in poor countries where there is little to no access to these resources. Statistics show that 90 percent of deaths caused by malaria are in sub-Saharan Africa, where only 56 percent of people have access to a mosquito net.

But there is hope. After more than 30 years of research and trials, we’re currently closer to a vaccine for malaria than ever before. Inspire your students to discover the change using our learning materials; discover more about malaria and vaccinations, as well as how medicine is developed and disease and infection can be researched. 

Questions:

  • How is malaria spread? What is used to prevent this spread?
  • Why are people in sub-Saharan African countries more at risk?
  • What actions are being taken to eradicate malaria?

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