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ACTIVE BETWEEN: 2015-2020

GSK – Comic Relief partnership to fight malaria and improve health

Strengthening health systems’ ability to fight malaria and improve people’s health in Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and the Greater Mekong Sub Region.
SGDS CONTRIBUTING TO:
MEMBER COMPANIES:
Global NGOs 12
Local NGOs 10
Private Foundation or Development Organization 1
Academia or research institute 1
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 Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and the Greater Mekong Sub Region.

After an unprecedented period of success in global malaria control, progress has stalled. According to the 2018 WHO World Malaria Report, data from 2015–2017 highlight that no significant progress in reducing global malaria cases was made in this period. In 2017 alone, there were 219 million new cases of malaria worldwide and an estimated 435,000 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. 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 – created through a £17 million donation from GSK and £5 million from Comic Relief – provides targeted grants to organisations tackling malaria on the frontline in Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and the Greater Mekong Sub Region.

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

Beyond grant making, the partnership aims to inspire global action on malaria by sharing compelling stories that of impact and empowering a generation of advocates.

This partnership builds on GSK’s longstanding commitment to fighting malaria on all fronts – from researching medicines and vaccines, to supporting community prevention and education efforts.

Results and milestones

GSK has supported 25 projects across Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Mozambique and the Greater Mekong region of South East Asia that improve malaria awareness and prevention efforts and get treatment to the people who need it.

Together, we have so far reached more than 1.7 million people, including over 165,000 pregnant women and over 226,000 children under five.

Geographic Reach
  • Africa
  • South-East Asia
  • Western Pacific
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Disease Area
  • Infectious and Parasitic Disease
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Target Population
  • Children
  • Women
  • Youth
  • People with low incomes
  • Marginalized/indigenous people
  • Rural populations
SGDs the partnership contributes to
SDG 3: Good health and well-being
  1. 3.3: Communicable diseases and NTDs
  2. 3.8: Achieve universal health coverage
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals 
Partner organizations
Global NGOs

Malaria No More

Population Services International (PSI)

Anglican Diocesan Development and Relief Organization (ADDRO)

On Our Radar

Health Poverty Action

Concern

Speak Up Africa

Restless Development

Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

Doctors with Africa (CUAAM)

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Malaria Consortium

Local NGOs

Manhica Foundation

Nweti Health Communication

African Leader Malaria Alliance (ALMA)

Comic Relief

RESULTS

Programa Inter-Religiosa Contra a Malaria (PIRCOM)

Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR)

Tanzania Communication & Development Center

Association for Private Health Facilities Tanzania

T-MARC Tanzania

Private Foundation or Development Organization

BBC Media Action

Academia or research institute

King's College London

Additional information