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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


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. 

Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomes End Malaria Council


January 20, 2017 – The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board welcomes the launch of the End Malaria Council, a high-level group of public and private sector leaders focused on accelerating global efforts to end malaria.

Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ray Chambers, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria, announced the launch of the Council today alongside the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

The launch of the Council comes at a critical moment in the malaria fight. Progress against the disease since 2000 has been remarkable –  deaths have been cut in half. Still, the RBM Partnership Board affirmed the need for the Council as more pressing than ever.

In December, the World Health Organization’s 2016 World Malaria Report highlighted the urgent need to mobilize resources to keep the world on track to meet control and elimination goals. A key focus of the End Malaria Council will be identifying new and innovative sources of financing.

“The next chapter in the malaria fight could be our most challenging yet,” said Dr. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho, Board Chair of the RBM Partnership. “We are eager to work in partnership with the End Malaria Council to leverage their networks and passion to cultivate new champions, support the development of new tools, and identify new sources of funding to fuel this fight.”

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.

The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The RBM Board unanimously selected the exceptional Dr. Kesete for the role of RBM CEO at the 4th Partnership Board Meeting, following an extensive global search and selection process supported by executive search firm Egon Zehnder.

Dr Kesete will play a critical role as the global face of the new Partnership on a day-to-day basis, including establishing and leading a new Partnership Management Team and ensuring that regions and countries are empowered to address the global fight against malaria. 

Dr. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho, Board Chair of the RBM Partnership said “As a champion of innovation, task-shifting and implementation at scale, Dr Kesete has the experience required to lead this global Partnership into a new era and drive momentum to end malaria for good. We are incredibly excited to welcome him on board.”

Dr Kesete will officially commence duties on 1 February 2017 and move into the new RBM offices at the Global Fund in Geneva on 1 March 2017. The RBM Board Leadership will support him in the phased recruitment of remaining members of the new Partnership Management Team over the course of 2017.  

“I am excited to join RBM Partnership as the CEO. I look forward to working with all the RBM partners in the effort to relegate malaria into the history books." - Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu