Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board Meeting, 18 / 19 April 2017
Statement from Dr. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho
Chair, Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board
On 25 April 2017, the global community united for World Malaria Day, declaring a new chapter in the fight against malaria—one that will see an end to malaria for good.
In advance of this global event, The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board met in Geneva on 18 and 19 April to reflect on progress, focus on the challenges that lie ahead and to welcome our outstanding new CEO Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu.
At this meeting, the RBM Partnership Board–comprised of a group of global malaria leaders from malaria-affected countries, the private sector, research and academia, donor countries, multisectoral partners and NGOs–discussed a new forward-looking strategy to coordinate and convene partners worldwide to ensure sufficient and accessible resources for malaria elimination.
Greater multi-sectoral engagement and cross-border learning will characterise the approach and enable us to realize the goals and targets of the Global Technical Strategy (GTS), Action and Investment to Defeat Malaria (AIM) and
Sustainable Development Goal 3.3. These changes will strengthen the Partnership’s ability to create forums for committed partners to engage in collective action, provide efficient operational coordination, deepen expertise in RBM’s core functions and engage senior leadership from countries, donors, and other partners to keep malaria high on political agendas and sufficiently funded.
Decisions and discussions by the RBM Partnership Board included:
- The approval of a new budget ensuring the sustainability of the Partnership. This budget includes approval of a lean, efficient and expert central secretariat and income from a wide variety of new influential donors as the Partnership welcomes critical new allies in the fight against malaria.
- Recognition of the incredible impact RBM has made globally working in unison with over 700 registered partners worldwide. This includes direct support for 67 countries in the submitting of applications to the Global Fund to secure approximately US$3.5b for malaria programming from 5 WHO regions (AFRO, AMRO, EMRO, SEARO, and WPRO). This represents the biggest country technical assistance support effort ever provided by the RBM Partnership.
A malaria-free world is within our grasp and the revitalized RBM Partnership remains pivotal in coordinating and convening partners worldwide to ensure sufficient and accessible resources for malaria elimination to countries, and to providing cohesive and efficient leadership for the global malaria response.
With renewed vigor, passionate leadership and an ever-growing donor base, the RBM Partnership continues to lead the fight against this ancient enemy and speed the path to a malaria-free world.
Together we can end malaria for good.
Dr. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho
RBM Partnership Board Chair