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Malaria resources for schools

To mark World Malaria Day, the BSI has created this dedicated page of malaria-related educational resources for schools; the perfect partner to our malaria Bite-sized Immunology article by Sarah Nogaro and Eleanor Riley.

Malaria is a leading cause of death and disease worldwide. In 2017 alone, an estimated 435,000 people were killed by the disease. Over the past decade, investment in malaria control has saved lives: in Africa, where 9 out of 10 malaria deaths occur, malaria deaths have fallen by a third; outside of Africa, 35 of the 53 countries affected by malaria have undergone a 50% reduction in cases. But the concern is that without a significant injection of funding, this remarkable progress will stagnate or even unwind. World Malaria Day aims to address this by educating and mobilising people. 


Malaria poster

The BSI's introduction to malaria poster

This poster could be stuck to the wall or used as a hand-out. It would be best suited to classes of 14-18-year-olds but could also be used with younger students. The poster covers the causes of malaria and symptoms, how the disease is diagnosed, the immune response, treatment, prevention and vaccination. The majority of the images used in this poster were kindly supplied by EVIMalaR (see below).

Indespensable resources for teaching about malaria

To read: The battle against a microscopic killer comic

This superb comic book, produced by the European Commission-funded project EVIMalaR, provides a fun, concise introduction to malaria and explores the role of scientists in combatting the disease. Don’t even consider teaching a lesson on malaria before reading this book. Class sets can be ordered free of charge from EVIMalaR and there’s a wealth of other malaria educational resources on the comic website, including teachers’ packs.

Level: suitable for all ages. 

To watch: Life cycle of malaria animations

These high-quality, commentated animations illustrate the life cycle of the malaria parasite in both humans and mosquitos. Created by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (makers of excellent educational resources), the videos help explain clearly this rather complex topic.

Level: suitable for all ages.

To explore: Malaria Challenge multimedia resource

Through animations, videos and interviews with eminent malaria researchers, this downloadable resource explores all five stages of the malaria lifecycle. The resource is flexible but its creators, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, suggest that it could be used by students in research-based activities. The resource is hosted on the yourgenome website, which contains a wealth of genetics educational resources on genetics.

Level: 14-18 years.