It’s a tropical disease spread by mosquitoes that kills hundreds of thousands of people a year.

According to the World Health Organisation, malaria kills around 400,000 people a year. And a further 116,000 lives are lost because of fake medicines.

A German start-up has come up with a solution with a novel anti-counterfeiting code based on advanced blockchain technology.

The project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, was announced by Frank Theeg, founder and co-CEO of, during an official visit to Africa.

According to WHO estimates, up to 80 per cent of all medicines in Africa are counterfeit medication.