Stars come out to fight malaria

Celebrities from the screen, stage and television banded together Saturday night in Los Angeles to help raise money for the global fight against malaria.

Among the stars donating their time to the Hollywood Bites Back event were actor David Arquette and comedians Sarah Silverman and Conan O’Brien, reports.  

The event was hosted by Malaria No More, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending malaria-related deaths in Africa by 2015. Founded in 2006, Malaria No More has partnered with governments in the U.S. and the U.K. to secure a 100 million mosquito net commitment from the G8 during its 2008 Summit, among other notable initiatives.

Entertainment for the event included a wide array of comedic acts, including stand-up, improv and musical numbers, reports.  

"A kid dies in Africa every 45 seconds over malaria, so it's a really important cause," Arquette said, according to

The World Health Organization reports that 3.3 billion people, or roughly half of the world’s population, are at risk for malaria, a disease that mostly affects the world's poorest countries. Nations in Africa are considered to be the most at risk for malaria.

An African child has on average between 1.6 and 5.4 episodes of malaria fever each year, according to the WHO.