New York (September 21, 2017) – Today, country leaders and senior officials from across Africa, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas announced new political and financial commitments to accelerate the global fight towards eliminating malaria – a disease that claims the life of a child every two minutes and puts half the world at risk.
Convening at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, leaders underscored the need to intensify efforts to meet the global goal set by the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce the burden of malaria by 90% by 2030.
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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and longstanding supporter of humanitarian causes, today announced a new US$5 million commitment to the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership. The three-year contribution will be pivotal to the Partnership's efforts to reduce the burden of malaria and save lives around the world.
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Since its founding, the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership has played a critical role in advancing global efforts to control and prevent malaria worldwide, resulting in one of the best global health success stories of the century. The determined support of RBM partners helped reduce malaria deaths by more than 60%, save almost 7 million lives and prevent more than 1 billion malaria cases between 2000 and 2015, effectively rolling back the deadly and devastating tide of malaria. This tremendous success has set the world on a path to end this disease for good, and put the RBM Partnership in position to focus on the new malaria elimination agenda. Consistent with our renewed focus, the RBM Board reviewed the RBM brand considering the success to-date and our forward-looking ambitious, global goals.
Based on these findings, the Board agreed to evolve the RBM brand to honor its legacy, while adding forward-looking elements that affirm our tie to the elimination agenda and determination to work globally to end malaria for good. Since mid-July, a team comprised of the RBM Board Strategic Communications Partner Committee (SCPC) members and SCPC Co-chairs worked with an agency tendered in accordance with UNOPS processes to evolve the RBM brand. Today, we are pleased to introduce the new name, look and feel for the RBM Partnership to End Malaria.
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The RBM Partnership Board Chair Dr Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho represented the Partnership at the 70th session of the WHO Regional Committee for South East Asia held in Maldives, from 6-10 September 2017. The meeting was attended by Ministers and other senior officials from health and other sectors, WHO Director General and Regional Director for South East Asia region, as well as partners, including RBM Partnership, Stop TB Partnership and the Global Fund.Read more.