You are here:

Why malaria?

Malaria's impact

Malaria cripples economies, crushes communities and causes heartbreaking loss.

No parent should lose a child from a totally preventable and treatable disease. The majority of deaths from malaria are in children under five who are most vulnerable to a disease that costs less than £1 to treat.

Malaria keeps more children out of school in Africa than any other disease and drains families' earnings taking up to a quarter of households' income.

It puts unnecessary pressure on fragile health systems and can account for up to 40% of a country's healthcare spend.

The disease costs the African economy more than $12 billion every year and a slows the economic growth of countries with high malaria rates by 1.3% - it's draining countries, continents and communities.

Watch this short film from the Malaria Must Die campaign by Aardman Animations to find out more about malaria and why we're working to end it.

We know how to end it: Watch this

Where are we now?

Here's the thing: we've made great progress so far. In fact back in the 1950s the world nearly ended it all together. But like anything, if you take your foot off the pedal for one minute, all the good work you've done can be undone in the next. That's where we're at now.

The World Malaria Report released by the World Health Organisation in November 2017 showed that funding is flatlining. We've taken our foot off the pedal and we need to do everything we can to get back on track.

But it's not all bad news. Since we began, you've helped us make a huge impact in the fight against malaria.