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Nine African countries on target to achieve Millennium Development Goals targets on Malaria 

Addis Ababa – 25th April 2015:  The Chairperson of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance and Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, His Excellency Hailemariam Desalegn made a call for the continental body to develop an African Roadmap to eliminate malaria by 2030.

“The transition from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals should also sustain the gains we have made and move towards malaria elimination as advocated in our Africa 2030 agenda to eliminate malaria” said Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in a statement delivered on his behalf by Ethiopian Health Minister Dr. Kesetebirhan Admassu  during the Big Push to Defeat Malaria by 2030  high level dialogue hosted at the African Union Commission headquarters to commemorate World Malaria Day.

This year’s commemorations come at a pivotal moment when the progress in responding to malaria in Africa includes a 54% decline in malaria mortality rates and a reduction of malaria mortality rates among children by 58% since 2000. Algeria, Botswana, Cape Verde, Eritrea, Namibia, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, South Africa and Swaziland are on track to MDG 6. Increased political commitment and increased funding have helped to reduce malaria incidence by 34% in Africa. In spite of these tremendous results however Africa continues to account for 82% of malaria cases and 90% of malaria deaths worldwide.

 “We should work in unison to ensure that the US$1 billion of the estimated annual continental resource requirement is fully funded to ensure that the high-burden African countries are able to replace expiring long-lasting insecticide treated nets” said Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, the Commissioner for Social Affairs.

There were exponential increases in funding and implementation for malaria control programmes over the past decade. International disbursements for malaria control significantly increased, rising from less than US$ 0.5 per case (US$ 100 million total spend) in 2000 to more than US$ 8 per case in 2012 (US$ 1.84 billion total spend). These increased funds were focused on Africa.  During the meeting various ambassadors underscored the need for more education and research on more tools to address malaria control beyond the use of nets.

The review of the Abuja Call this year recommended its extension to 2030 in line with the 2013 Abuja Declaration which outlines key actions to defeat malaria. Africa has already demonstrated this deep reflection and pace setting through the African Common Position on the Post 2015 Development Agenda and the reengineering of Africa’s health priorities in the context of a new health architecture better prepared for disease surveillance and response. Plans to establish the  African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention are already at an advanced stage.

This year the commemorations are being celebrated under the theme “Invest in future, defeat malaria”. The meeting was attended by Ambassadors accredited to the African Union, Universities and various development partners.

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About the African Leaders Malaria Alliance
The African Leaders Malaria Alliance is a ground breaking coalition of 49 African Heads of State and Government working across country and regional borders to achieve near-zero malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. Learn more at http://www.alma2015.org

(Jeddah, KSA; 23 April 2015)

Following events in Brussels, New York and Geneva this week in commemoration of 2015 World Malaria Day, leaders from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), together with Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, organized a town hall meeting and photo exhibition at the IDB Headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to raise awareness of the disproportionate burden of malaria in OIC countries and the critical need for financing.

Opening statements were given by Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al-Madani, President of the Islamic Development Bank, Dr. Naeem Khan, Assistant Secretary General of the OIC, and Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traore, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership. Responding to the event’s theme , “Invest in Malaria Control”, participants acknowledged the tremendous progress over the past 15 years and called for increased commitment and collective action to advance toward ambitious malaria elimination targets, particularly in OIC countries:

“We must work together to ensure that malaria goes back to the dustbin of history, rather than surviving on our people. It is unthinkable to talk about development without having a healthy society,” stated Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali, President of IDB.

During the town hall, the experiences of OIC countries were shared by H.E. Ms. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Minister of Health of Senegal, H.E. Mr. Mehmet Muezzeinoglu, Minister of Health of Turkey, Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Saeed, Deputy Minister of Health of Saudi Arabia, and Dr. Mohamad Subuh, Director General of Disease Control and Environmental Health of Indonesia.

Read the press release here (En, Fr, Arabic).

(21 April 2015; Geneva/New York) As communities worldwide prepare to commemorate the last World Malaria Day under the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) this 25th of April, the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership highlights that progress made against malaria – while remarkable – remains fragile. With just months before the MDGs expire at the end of 2015 and the world transitions to an ambitious set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide efforts through 2030, RBM partners across sectors have taken this opportunity to mark the progress made while urging the importance of sustained commitment to build on the successes achieved since the turn of the millennium.

“Malaria control has proven to be one of the smartest investments in health we can make. This is why it is one of my priorities,” the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. “When we target our funds in proven malaria control interventions, we create healthier communities and more robust economies. Now more than ever, partnership will be crucial to ensure we can build on our successes and leave no one behind.”

Read the Press Release (pdf).

(20 April, UNHQ – NY) In advance of World Malaria Day, approximately 100 diplomatic leaders and development experts gathered at the United Nations in New York to mark progress against malaria under the MDGs and encourage sustained commitment to global efforts under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). H.E. Mr. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, President of the UN General Assembly, opened the event, followed by the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Jan Eliasson.

Speakers highlighted the importance of innovative financing and domestic resource mobilization to help deliver new tools, drive data collection, overcome existing biological challenges like parasite resistance and help scale-up equitable access to malaria control programs to save lives and protect economies in burdened countries. "Together, we have already made huge strides in our efforts to combat this preventable and treatable disease. Nevertheless, there is still more work to be done to achieve a world free of malaria.  To reach our goals, we must have continued investments and sustained political commitments for malaria control and elimination, "  stated H.E. Mr. Kutesa. The UN Deputy Secretary-General added :“[…] Fighting malaria is indeed one of the most cost-effective public health investments of our time. We cannot afford to stop investing now.”

Speakers also noted the important role that the RBM Partnership has played to coordinate action against malaria, and in his closing remarks, Mr. Ray Chambers, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and Malaria thanked the malaria community for their tremendous commitment and partnership.