Davina McCall with children in Tanzania

Davina McCall with children from the Kibirizi Community Group, Tanzania
Photo: Mia Collis/Comic Relief

Comic Relief partnership

Working with Comic Relief to fight malaria

A five-year partnership focused on strengthening local health systems. We are working together with communities to support their efforts to fight malaria.

Over the past 15 years, significant progress has been made against malaria. The WHO World Malaria Report shows that deaths have more than halved since 2000, but it also shows that after an unprecedented period of success in global malaria control, progress has stalled and can be easily reversed, not in a few years, but during the next rainy season.

Malaria continues to claim nearly half a million lives every year, most of them very young children in Africa. This preventable and treatable disease continues to take a heavy human and economic toll.

  • 216,000,000

    In 2016 alone, 91 countries reported a total of 216 million cases of malaria, over five million cases more than the previous year. Globally, malaria deaths reached 445,000 deaths, about the same as the number reported in 2015.

  • £22m

    Created by a £17 million donation from GSK and £5 million from Comic Relief.

About the partnership

Portrait of Johari Msubaha (R), the Secretary of the Kanyabeza womens’s group and Tabu Hamisi Kihuna (L) leader of the group.
Johari Msubaha (right), the Secretary of the Kanyabeza womens’s group and Tabu Hamisi Kihuna (left), the leader of the group.

Together with Comic Relief, we aim to make a real difference to those living in five malaria endemic countries. Comic Relief and GSK believe that one of the best ways to fight malaria is to work with communities to help strengthen local and national health services and improve their ability to combat the disease.

Once malaria's spread is controlled, its devastating impact will be diminished. This, in turn, can lead to better overall health for people living in poverty and whole communities will have the chance to thrive.

Both GSK and Comic Relief believe that defeating malaria will unlock human and economic potential. it will give children a chance to grow up healthy, and health workers the chance to focus their resources on other challenges. A malaria free future is worth fighting for.