THIS World Malaria Day, the global malaria community celebrated progress in the fight against malaria and called on countries and partners around the world to:
Invest in malaria programmes, delivering bold investments to bridge critical funding gaps and accelerate progress.
Innovate to deliver transformative and improved solutions to end malaria .
Implement national strategies to accelerate progress against this age-old disease.
The 2023 theme – Invest, Innovate and Implement – creates a common platform and message to build upon as we engage daily to raise awareness and advocate for decisive and urgent action to deliver zero malaria.
Below are some highlights of the World Malaria Day-related activities that took place over the past few weeks. While the activities were too many to list in one message, let me say how proud I am of the global malaria community for your collective energy, creativity, and passion in shining a light on the need to end malaria.
Our shared goal is to end malaria within a generation. Experts agree this is achievable with new funding, tools, and strategies; and by working together in a partnership.
Selected highlights from WMD 2023
The RBM Partnership joined forces with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) to bring together francophone leaders in conversation about the threats and opportunities in the fight against malaria.
The U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Dr. David Walton announced an expansion of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) to three new countries, Burundi, The Gambia, and Togo.
The Asia Pacific Leaders’ Conclave On Malaria Elimination in India galvanized momentum toward malaria elimination in Asia-Pacific.
Renowned footballers and the RBM Partnership announced the Zero Malaria F.C., a new initiative bringing together a team of globally renowned footballers to increase malaria awareness, urge more significant action against this deadly disease, and work with the RBM Partnership to advocate for the malaria response.
The CS4ME Annual Forum 2023 gathered nearly 600 civil society organizations and key partners to discuss progress, issues and challenges in the fight against malaria.
GBCHealth/Corporate Alliance on Malaria (CAMA) hosted a virtual discussion exploring current challenges faced in achieving the GTS goals for malaria.
Partners in areas affected by malaria delivered a broad range of activities, from community awareness and advocacy workshops in the Republic of Congo, Burundi and Afghanistan to high-level engagement from national leaders in Uganda and Kenya.
A range of high-level events took place globally, from the launch of ‘Les Elus Locaux Contre le Paludisme’ in Paris, France to a Champions Breakfast in Washington D.C., USA and the Ready to Beat Malaria Parliamentary Dinner hosted by MMV and Georg Kippels MdB in Berlin, Germany.
Partners around the world developed a range of campaigns and initiatives:
- The World Health Organization shared stories under the ‘Implement’ pillar – and notably, the critical importance of reaching marginalized populations with the tools and strategies that are available today.
- The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Impact Malaria project highlighted the crucial role of community health workers through a new advocacy video.
- The Global Fund explored the intersection between malaria and climate change in global media and telling stories from Pakistan, which has experienced increased malaria cases as a result of extreme floods.
- The Zero Malaria Campaign Coalition teamed up with the Kenya Malaria Youth Army, dentsu Kenya, and the National Malaria Program to launch the ‘Fight the Bite’ campaign featuring a series of digital-first activations and a new Instagram filter.
- The African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Chair, His Excellency President Umaro Sissoco Embaló, called for urgent actions for investing, innovating and impact, especially for increased resources. Tanzania launched their End Malaria Council, and Guinea Bissau launched their End Malaria and NTD council as a demonstration of the need for multi-sectoral engagement and domestic public and private sector resourcing.
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