Starfish Malaria Project


  • In Africa, a child dies of malaria every thirty seconds
  • Treated mosquito nets provide protection
  • £4 will buy a treated net

The Starfish Malaria Project was launched in 2008 when the low numbers of children attending the TARUD pre-school was attributed to the onslaught of malaria in the village of Gunjur. Malaria is the number one killer in Sub-Saharan Africa and predominantly affects children under five and pregnant women.

One of the simplest ways of preventing malaria is to provide mosquito nets which have been treated with a special insecticide. The running of The Starfish Malaria Project is overseen by TARUD and HEPDO (Health Promotion and Development Organisation) with support from MBG. The main focus is:

  • distribution of bed nets by TARUD Health Team
  • education about malaria delivered by TARUD Health Team
  • raising awareness through local radio programs & health sensitisation days
  • clean up operations in areas where the abundance of mosquitoes is rife, such as dumping grounds

We know that we cannot solve the problem of malaria single-handed. None of us can. But we can make a difference to a small number of people.

£4 will buy a treated net. As several children usually share each bed, on average this would protect three children from malaria.

We will use the money that we receive to buy treated mosquito nets which will be distributed to people most at risk of malaria - young children and pregnant women. Some of the money will also be used to employ two Gambian workers who will dip the nets, distribute them and educate the families on how to use them properly.


The Starfish Malaria Project has distributed over 2300 bed nets and there has been a reduction in the number of reported malaria cases at the clinic. However, there is still plenty of work to be done to maintain the reduction due to the increase in population and houses being built in vulnerable areas.
All money donated is taken directly to TARUD. A close check is kept on expenditure to ensure that none of the money is wasted. Please support this project, and you too will be able to MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

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