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Statement on the Election of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the New Director-General of the World Health Organization

May 23, 2017 (GENEVA) – The Roll Back Malaria Partnership congratulates H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on his appointment as Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).
 
Dr Tedros is a proven reformer, who brings decades of experience, a fresh perspective and unparalleled diplomatic skills. With experience at national level as Federal Minister of Health and subsequently Foreign Minister, and at international level as Chair of the Global Fund Board, Dr Tedros has the technical expertise and the breadth of perspective to lead WHO in the SDG era. We are confident that he will ensure that health, and health determinants, remain at the top of the multi-sectoral development agenda.
 
“Dr. Tedros has wanted to defeat malaria since his early days as a public health advocate and practitioner. As the new leader of the World Health Organization, his leadership and commitment will be critical to ensuring the world stays committed to that goal,” said Dr. Kesete Admasu, CEO of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.
 
As Ethiopia’s Federal Minister of Health, Dr. Tedros designed and implemented a comprehensive malaria control strategy with ambitious targets. This strategy protected 50 million people at risk and reduced deaths from malaria by more than 50 percent. Since then, Ethiopia has not suffered a major outbreak of malaria.
 
Globally, the world has seen tremendous progress in malaria control since 2000, resulting in nearly seven million lives saved, hundreds of millions of infections averted and over US$2 trillion added to the economies of endemic countries. Still, malaria remains a daily threat with half the world’s population still at risk. There are opportunities to save lives today by reducing transmission and eliminating the disease where possible.
 
We are now embarking on new chapter in the fight against malaria. Sustaining this progress and achieving the ambitious goal of eliminating malaria in 10 additional countries by 2020 is within reach, but requires ongoing and enhanced technical focus and funding commitments. This final effort may be our most challenging yet but complacency is not an option: a malaria-free world is within our grasp.
 
“The Roll Back Malaria Partnership looks forward to working with Dr. Tedros to continuing the global effort to achieve this malaria-free world,” said Dr. Kesete. “And, on a personal level, as someone who has worked closely with Dr Tedros for over 10 years, I’m thrilled to work with my fellow compatriot, someone who understands the malaria world and the importance of inter-sectoral approaches. Together, we can end this disease for good.”

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
 



Notes:

Dear Partners, 

Please join us for a WHA side event hosted by The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in collaboration with the Roll Back Malaria Partnership

Co-sponsored by: Republic of Angola, Republic of Botswana, Republic of Congo, Principality of Monaco, New Zealand, United States of America

Where: Palais des Nations, Room 8

When: 18h – 19h15, Thursday 25th May 2017

Since 2000, we have made great strides in curbing the malaria epidemic. Between 2000 and 2015, global malaria incidence fell by 21% and mortality rates decreased by 29%. Malaria mortality in Africa fell by 31%. Thanks to the mobilization of resources and political will, malaria control and elimination efforts have resulted in nearly 7 million lives saved and over US$2 trillion added to the economies of malaria affected countries.

We are now embarking on new chapter in the fight against malaria. This final effort may be our most challenging yet. To succeed we must adapt. Complacency is not an option: every day more than 1,100 people still die from malaria - a preventable, treatable disease.

A malaria-free world is within our grasp. This requires the highest political and financial investments from donor and malaria-affected countries.

Together, we can end malaria for good.

Please note: In order to gain access to this event, participants must already hold a pass to the UN.

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World Malaria Day 2017

Statement from Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu

Chief Executive Officer, Roll Back Malaria Partnership

April 25, 2017 – (Geneva, Switzerland)

On World Malaria Day the global community unites to reflect on our progress and the challenges that lie ahead. Since 2000 we have made great strides in curbing the malaria epidemic. Thanks to the mobilization of resources and political will, malaria control and elimination efforts have resulted in nearly 7 million lives saved and over US$2 trillion added to the economies of malaria affected countries. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership, recently revitalized and reinvigorated with new leadership and a new strategic approach has been central to this achievement. It remains pivotal in coordinating and convening partners worldwide to ensure sufficient and accessible resources for countries for malaria control and elimination efforts, and to providing cohesive and effective leadership for the global malaria response. 

We are now embarking on a new chapter in the fight against malaria—one that will ultimately see an end to malaria for good.

But the final chapter in the malaria fight could be our most challenging yet. Mobilizing the necessary resources, and addressing the political realities and evolving needs in malaria-affected countries, is a monumental task. To succeed we must adapt.

Continued political and financial commitments from donor and malaria-affected countries will be essential to sustain momentum and drive progress. The ambitious goal of eliminating malaria in 10 additional countries by 2020 is within reach, but requires sustained and enhanced technical focus and collaborative efforts by malaria endemic countries, donor governments, the private sector and communities.

We can accelerate these efforts by increasing investment in research and development of innovative tools that could revolutionize how we detect, treat and prevent malaria – and speed the path to a malaria-free world.

Complacency is not an option when today alone more than 1,100 people, most of them young children under the age of five, will die from malaria - a preventable and treatable disease. The risk of malaria resurgence is all too real. If political commitment weakens, funding wanes or technical challenges go unaddressed. much of the hard-earned gains of the last 16 years could be lost.

A malaria-free world is within our grasp. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership stands prepared to drive momentum forward to ensure that we see a world where the bite of a mosquito no longer poses a threat to anyone, anywhere.  

Together we can end malaria for good. 

Strategic Communications Co-Chair  - Extended Nominination Period

Having accepted a new role at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as Director of Campaigns, Creative and Media, Susan Byrnes left Malaria No More on February 17th. Unfortunately, this means that she will be unable to continue in the role as Co-chair of the Strategic Communications Partner Committee with Yacine Djibo after the end of March. This has opened up an opportunity for a new member of the Committee to take on the Co-chair role until 17th November 2017.

As previous, nomination and self-nominations are being requested to fill this inaugural Co-chair role. Please see application below. 

Partner Committee Co-Chair Application Form

In order to nominate, you will need to be a member of the Comms-PC, if you haven’t done so already please complete the online form.

The extended deadline for submission is 5th April 2017, with the intention of being able to approve and announce the Strategic Communications Partner Committee Co-Chair before May 2017.