In 2006, former News Corporation President Peter Chernin and Wall Street pioneer Ray Chambers founded Malaria No More in the US with the aim of ending deaths from malaria. Malaria No More UK was set up to build upon the unprecedented momentum that the fight against malaria had gathered. Malaria No More UK launched in April 2009, and since then we haven’t stopped driving towards the goal of being the generation to make malaria no more.
In our short history we have worked intensely to inspire public, business and political support to accelerate global efforts to beat malaria. Since day one we have had fantastic support from British sports stars Andy Murray and David Beckham and have continued to build and develop partnerships with other organisations, businesses and individuals who have all helped us to shine a spotlight on the fight to end malaria deaths.
Our innovative campaigns have created a real buzz around the cause, inspiring the British public to show their support in a phenomenal way. Thousands of you have challenged yourself to Live Below the Line, supported us through voting during ITV’s I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, clocked up some Miles for Malaria and added your faces and support to Be the Net. You have taken on personal challenges, got work mates involved and push yourselves to the limit, resulting in millions being raised to help us carry out our vital work.
Since our launch we have partnered with brands and businesses who are as passionate as we are about seeing the end of malaria. Our partnerships with companies such as Jack Wills, ITV, Rentokil and GSK have allowed us to create some exciting campaigns to extend our reach and help save lives from malaria.
Our advocacy efforts will always been a key pillar of our work, and since 2008 we have gone from strength to strength in our campaign to ensure that the fight against malaria is a top aid priority for all of the major UK political parties. A major highlight was the Department for International Development (DFID) committing to help halve deaths in ten of the most severely malaria affected countries by 2015. In 2013 the coalition government pledged £1bn to The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a great success which has the power to save, protect and transform millions of lives.
Funds raised by supporters have also allowed us to invest in life saving work in sub-Saharan Africa. From net distribution and education campaigns in Ghana and Namibia to help protect over ten million people from malaria; to supporting development of malaria diagnosis and reporting using mobile phones in Botswana and preventative treatment work in Nigeria; long-term and innovative solutions are at the heart of the work we support. We are currently helping to fund and support the training of local Community Health Workers in Namibia, who reach out to and educate their local communities on how to protect themselves from malaria and carry out testing and treatment.
Today a child dies every two minutes from malaria - but with your support we are making real progress and saving lives across Africa. 2016 and beyond are critical. The worldwide effort in the fight against malaria has already seen major successes: since 2000 child deaths are down by 65% and deaths from malaria in Africa cut by two thirds. But there is still much more to do and the decisions taken now will determine whether we can end malaria. Together we CAN be the generation to make malaria no more.