Malaria is a disease transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito
It causes flu-like symptoms that, if left untreated, can lead to coma and death
Malaria kills a child in Africa every minute and nearly 655,000 people each year
Approximately half of the world’s population is at risk
More than 80% of malaria deaths occur in Africa; the majority are children under 5
Malaria costs Africa at least $12 billion in lost productivity every year
Malaria is preventable and treatable; for $10 or £5 you can protect a mother and child for up to 3 years
Simple tools like treated mosquito nets, effective medicines and safe indoor spraying can save lives


Malaria is a disease caused by parasites of the species Plasmodium. It disproportionately affects the poor and vulnerable, primarily young children and pregnant women in Africa who are more likely to be exposed to infection due to lower immunity levels and have the most limited access to malaria prevention, treatment, and control measures.

The widespread prevalence of malaria compelled the United Nations to set international targets to halt deaths from this devastating disease by 2015. Addressing malaria will also make a critical contribution to achieving other international targets including eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.

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Founded in advance of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, United Against Malaria (UAM) is an alliance of football (soccer) teams, celebrities, health and advocacy organizations, governments and corporations who have united together against malaria.

As part of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, UAM is made up of over 200 partners from diverse sectors and continents who invest their experience, time, funds, skills and enthusiasm because they share a common goal: to end malaria deaths by 2015.

All donations to UAM go to the United Nations Foundation’s fund for AIDS, TB, and Malaria to support malaria prevention projects in Africa through the Global Fund. This includes providing invaluable tools to prevent infection, access to medications, and supporting further research on vaccines.

Our goal is to catalyze global voices to build support for universal access to mosquito nets and malaria medicine in Africa, a crucial first step to reducing deaths to near zero by 2015, through:

  • Building political will and public support in developed countries to unite against malaria
  • Strengthening political commitment by African leadership to prioritize malaria
  • Increasing utilization of prevention tools and malaria treatment in Africa

Success is within our grasp: In addition to more developed countries like the U.S., several African countries have demonstrated that it is possible to significantly reduce malaria-related morbidity and mortality. By acting now, we can achieve unprecedented increases in mosquito net coverage across Africa and save millions of lives.