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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.

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

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.”


In Recognition of Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer’s Incredible Contribution to the Global Fight Against Malaria

Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer Departs PMIOn 17 January 2017, Admiral Tim Ziemer formally concluded his role as Global Coordinator of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).

Appointed in June 2006, Admiral Ziemer has served as the U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator for the past ten years, leading the Initiative across two Administrations. This historic U.S. Government initiative was launched by President Bush in 2005 and was continued and expanded under President Obama's administration. PMI have been a critical and pivotal partner and donor to the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership since its inception and their continued funding, guidance and support have ensured RBM has continued to grow, evolve, and thrive.

Admiral Ziemer has been widely recognized as “one of the most quietly effective leaders in public health.” Under Admiral Ziemer’s Leadership PMI has made an incredible contribution to the fight against malaria with over USD 4 billion committed to malaria projects globally since 2006. Since he took on the role, he has presided over a decade of unprecedented progress in the malaria fight leading to a 29% reduction in malaria mortality rates globally since 2010[1].

As an active RBM Board Member, Admiral Ziemer has made an unparalleled personal contribution to the RBM Partnership. His many achievements have included his crucial role as Co-Chair of the RBM Transition Oversight Committee (TOC), where he expertly co-led the Partnership through a period of significant change, transition, and transformation between 2015 and 2016.

The current RBM Board Chair, Dr. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho, warmly thanked and congratulated Admiral Ziemer for his personal contribution:

Admiral Ziemer's experience, expertise and dedication have been an incredible asset to the RBM Partnership and his personal contribution to the fight against malaria cannot be underestimated”

Dr. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho, MD; MPH; M.MED.
Board Chair, Roll Back Malaria Partnership


The RBM Board Leadership are delighted to confirm that Admiral Ziemer will continue in his role as an RBM Board Member in his personal capacity, so that it can continue to draw on his expert input, insight, and guidance as it moves forward.

The RBM Partnership wishes to place on record its sincere appreciation and thanks for the immense contribution of Rear Admiral Ziemer and wish him well for all of his future endeavours.