According to the World Health Organization half of the world’s population are at risk of malaria. While there are four parasites that can cause malaria in humans, Plasmodium falciparum is by far the most deadly and common, this strain is prevalent in Zambia

Malaria kills one child every two minutes.
According to the latest World Malaria Report, released in November 2017 by the World Health Organisation, there were 216 million cases of malaria in 2016, up from 211 million cases in 2015.

Malaria disease caused by P. falciparum may result in death within hours or a few days of infection especially in those with a low immunity such as children, pregnant women, people with AIDS and travellers with little or no malaria. It can also result in the miscarriage of pregnant women, low birth-weight infants, developmental disabilities and other complications.

2018 – New programme in Nyawa Chewifdom with distibution of 650 mosquito nets, insecticidal coating in 170 dwellings and larviciding in ponds and streams

No case of malaria have been recorded since application

2017 – 2018 – New programme in Moomba Chiedom with distribution of mosquito nets, insecticidal coating and larviciding

Malarica cases recorded reduced between 60% and 90% from 2017

2017 – June, July and August no new cases of malaria reported in Mukuni Chiefdom

2017 – Only one case of malaria reported in areas where the new products have been applied, which was contracted from outside the area.

2017 – The Butterfly Tree donates 2,000 mosquito nets

2016 – Mukuni Chiefdom records the lowest number of cases of malaria in the Kazungula District

In 2016 Zambia saw an increase in malaria, with outbreaks turning into emergencies in the districts of Ndola, Kazungula and Kabwe. Kazungula recorded over 9,000 cases, however the entire Mukuni Chiefdom had only 200, but only a handful in the areas where our new malaria prevention intervention was applied. Whereas Singwamba, in the Nyawa Chiefdom, recorded 3,245 cases and 12 deaths in children between the ages of 1 and 13 years.

2016 – The Butterfly Tree reports zero cases of malaria in Chuunga Village

The villages in the Chuunga Community used to have high cases of malaria, due to lack of prevention methods. In November 2015 The Butterfly Tree distributed an innovative malaria prevention initiative, using a safe insecticidal coating, in all the households. From the 1st January to 31st March no new cases have malaria have been reported. Over 1,000 households have been protected in the Mukuni and Sekute Chiefdoms.

2015 – The Butterfly Tree launches a new innovative malaria prevention programme 

The charity has been granted a licence to for importation, storage transportation and distribution of new innovative products that could potentially save the lives of thousands of people. The first distribution of the products started in November 2015.

Malaria Statistics

According to the World Health Organisation in 2016, there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria in 91 countries, an increase of 5 million cases over 2015.

Malaria deaths reached 445 000 in 2016, a similar number (446 000) to 2015.

  • Globally malaria is the biggest killer of man
  • An estimated 3.3 billion people are at risk of malaria
  • 78% of people who die from malaria are children under 5 mostly in sub-Sahara Africa
  • 90% of deaths occur in sub-Sahara Afrcia
  • In 2016 91 countries and territories had ongoing malaria transmission
  • In 2016 an estimated 216 million cases of malaria worldwide
  • In 2016 an estimated 445,000 deaths
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Help Prevent Malaria

Child deaths caused by malaria have halved in the last decade. Just £5 will buy a mosquito net to help protect people from this destructive disease.

Our Malaria Projects

The Butterfly Tree helps to increase awareness and raise funds to assist Zambia’s fight against malaria. In 2015 a safe innovative malaria prevention initiative is being brought into Zambia by The Butterfly Tree, with the potential to save thousands of lives. This has has been supported by Saga Charitable Trust and Medisave UK and most recently St James Place Foundation and Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs.

The charity also provides mosquito nets and educational workshops in remote villages. Early testing is imperative – though malaria cannot be cured it can be easily treated. Workshops inform the people of the importance of being tested and how sleeping under insecticide-treated nets can save lives. Community health workers provide a vital role in helping to prevent complications caused by malaria.