Patrick, malaria patient
In 2016, 13-year-old Patrick started to feel ill while his mother was out farming. He began to vomit, had diarrhoea and was shivering. Then his joints started to hurt and his body and his head ached.
In an attempt to stop the shivering, Patrick stood in the sunshine hoping it would warm him up, but it did not help. With his mother at work and no one else to turn to, Patrick was forced to wait until she got home to get help.
Patrick’s mother immediately knew her son was very sick, but had no money to take him to the hospital and buy medication. She asked her neighbours, but they were too poor to help either. Finally, the chairman of the hamlet where the family lives gave her some money and Patrick was rushed to hospital. Doctors told him he had severe malaria and he was admitted for three days, given medication and eventually recovered.
I have educated my younger siblings about malaria and talk to the neighbours and my friends. I’ve learnt about malaria from the mobile video units - there were times when it came to my community. I learn about malaria at school as well. It helps a lot.
Johari, mother of four
Leonard, father, farmer and assistant
When Leonard was 19 years old, his firstborn baby became gravely sick.
As many as five students can be absent from Burega secondary school each day due to malaria.
Jacob, Tanzania Communication and Development Centre
Jacob is on the front line of the fight against malaria in Tanzania.
Fighting malaria in the lab and on the ground
Despite progress to fight malaria, millions of people continue to suffer every year. We’re helping by researching medicines and vaccines, supporting community prevention and health worker training and strengthening access to medicines.
The race against malaria: handing the baton to the next generation