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, accounting for 99.7% of estimated malaria cases in 2018 – this strain is prevalent in Zambia

Malaria kills one child every two minutes. According to the UN children’s agency, UNICEF malaria claims the lives of more than 2,500 each day. 
The WHO’s latest update – December 2019:
  • In 2018, an estimated 228 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide (95% confidence interval [CI]: 206–258 million), compared with 251 million cases in 2010 (95% CI: 231–278 million) and 231 million cases in 2017 (95% CI: 211–259 million).
  • Most malaria cases in 2018 were in the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region (213 million or 93%).followed by the WHO South-East Asia Region with 3.4% of the cases and the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region with 2.1%.
  • From 2014 to 2018, the rate of change slowed dramatically, reducing to 57 in 2014 and remaining at similar levels through to 2018.

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 protection. It can also result in the miscarriage of pregnant women, low birth-weight infants, developmental disabilities and other complications.

2021 – Distribution of 850 mosquito nets to rural schools where malaria is most prevalent

Insecticidal coating and larviciding in Moomba Chiefdom

Medical Aid Films, on ‘How to prevent malaria’ widely used in Kazungula District Health facilities after being handed over to the Ministry of Health

2020 – Distribution of 2,200 mosquito nets to Bunsanga, Malimba, Chilaba, Moomba, Siamasimbi,  Ndele and Chuunga Schools

2020 – Distribution of insecticidal coating and larviciding in Singwamba region, Nyawa Chiefdom and Moomba Chiefdom

2020 – Translation of an animated film,  produced by Medical Aid Films, on ‘How to prevent malaria’ and distributed to Kazungula District Health facilities

2019 – Zero cases of malaria in Nyawa Villages after intervention

2019 – Distibution of mosquito nets to took place in Kamwi, Chuunga and Mambova & Musokotwane Schools

2019 – Larviciding – Ngwezi, Musokotwane Chiefdom

2019 – Completion of distribution of insecticidal coating and larviciding in entire Moomba Chiefdom

2018 – Distribution of 800 mosquito nets at Sikaunzwe and Kauwewa Schools

2018 – Larviciding through Moomba Chiefdom at Kamwi area of Mukuni Chiefdom

2018 – New programme in Nyawa Chiefdom 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 from April 2018 until May 2019

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

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

2017 Pioneer programme – distribution of mosquito nets in schools. 1,450 given to every pupils and teacher at River View School

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 2018, there were an estimated 228 million cases of malaria in 91 countries, an increase of 12 million cases over 2016.

Malaria deaths reached 405 000 in 2016, as opposed to (445 000) in 2016.

  • Globally malaria is one of the biggest killers of man in low-income countries
  • An estimated 3.4 billion people are at risk of malaria
  • 94% of deaths occur in the WHO Afrcian Region
  • In 2018 91 countries and territories had ongoing malaria transmission
  • In 2018 an estimated 228 million cases of malaria worldwide
  • In 2018 an estimated 405,000 deaths
  • In 2018 children under 5 years accounted for 67% (272,000) of all malaria deaths

Map courtesy of GIS+E of malaria case incidence rate (cases per 1000 population at risk) by country, 2018. Source: WHO estimates.

Malaria incidence, 2018 

0.1 to 1 1 to 10 =10 to 50 >50 to 100 >100 to 250 →250 Not applicable No malaria

Zambia (2018) 17 million people at risk, 2.7 million cases, 7,000 deaths

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 the Hilary and Neil Murphy Charitable Trust, St James Place Foundation and Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs. It is proving to substantially reduce the number of malaria cases in the Southern Province of Zambia.

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.

To further help the global fight against malaria The Butterfly Tree has been working with Medical Aid Films. They have produced a wonderful, animated video on malaria prevention, after which The Butterfly Tree had it translated into the local Tokalya language: Use this link to see the film entitled ‘How to prevent malaria

The film has since been circulated to all health facilities in the Kazungula District and is one of their major methods use to sensitize the people and for facilities that do not have any equipment mobiles phone communication is being used.