Comic Relief and GSK partnership to fight malaria and improve health

Partnership objectives

Comic Relief and GSK joined forces in a five-year partnership to help strengthen health systems’ ability to fight malaria and improve people’s health in five malaria endemic countries.

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What are the health needs and challenges?

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.

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. 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.

The World Health Organization has set a target to cut malaria cases and deaths by at least 90% by 2030. This will take teamwork. So in 2015, Comic Relief and GSK joined forces in a five-year partnership to help strengthen health systems’ ability to fight malaria and improve people’s health in five malaria endemic countries.

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.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

A new fund – created through a £17 million donation from GSK and £5 million from Comic Relief –will provide targeted grants to organisations on the frontline tackling malaria in Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and the Greater Mekong Sub Region.

These grants, made and managed by Comic Relief, will complement national malaria control programmes and help ensure people access prevention, diagnosis, and treatment at the right time and in the right place.

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Partnership information

Company(ies) GlaxoSmithKline

Partner(s) Comic Relief

Type of Partner(s) NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Infectious Diseases

Disease(s) Malaria

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) Children, Mothers, People with low income, Youth

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 4

Country(ies) Ghana, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Tanzania

Start Date 2015

More information Comic Relief GSK

Anticipated completion date Ongoing