On July 13th, H.E. Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chair of ALMA and H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, convened political leaders and senior representatives of the global health community at a side event during the 3rd International Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, to showcase malaria as one of the “best buys” in global development and highlight the need for increased funding for malaria elimination. Speakers emphasized their commitment to malaria elimination and stressed the importance of boosting domestic financing to maintain the achieved gains and meet malaria elimination targets. The event also served as a platform for the launch of WHO’s Global Technical Strategy for Malaria and RBM’s Action and Investment to defeat Malaria 2016-2030, which together provide a strategic framework toward malaria elimination that is in line with the UN SDGs. Speakers included H.E. H.E. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, H.E. Thomas Boni Yayi, President of the Republic of Benin, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, Dr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO, Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traore, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director of The Global Fund, and Mr. Tim Evans, Senior Director for the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank.
For more details on the event, please use the following link: http://webapps01.un.org/ffd3/sideevents/events/event/financing-for-malaria-elimination-2/