Davina McCall with children in Tanzania

Davina McCall in Tanzania with children

Comic Relief partnership Working with Comic Relief to fight malaria

We've joined forces with Comic Relief in a five-year partnership focused on strengthening local health systems. We will work together with communities to support their efforts to fight malaria.

Over the past 15 years, significant progress has been made against malaria. According to the latest WHO World Malaria Report, deaths have more than halved since 2000.[1]

But more needs to be done.  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.

  • 212,000,000

    In 2015 alone, there were 212 million new cases of malaria worldwide and an estimated 429 000 malaria deaths– 92% of which were in Africa.[2]

  • £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.