On World Malaria Day 2019, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance highlights global commitment to end malaria by 2030.
This year’s theme, Zero Malaria Starts with Me, reminds us that we all have the responsibility to protect our families, communities and countries from the scourge of malaria. Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia have launched their own ZMSWM campaigns with additional countries to follow.
Since 2000, global efforts have saved 7 million lives from malaria and prevented more than 1 billion cases. However, for the second year in a row, the World Malaria Report shows that progress is stalling. Indeed, the 10 highest burden African countries recorded an increase of 3.5 million malaria cases in 2017. The international community has responded in full force.
In February 2019, the African Union heads of state and government declared their collective commitment “to increase domestic investments in health and urged the private sector and global health financing mechanisms to increase investments to address Africa’s health priorities.” The RBM Partnership to End Malaria and the World Health Organization established “High Burden to High Impact,” a country-led approach focusing on four key pillars: political will, strategic data to drive impact, better guidance and a coordinated response to accelerate progress in the fight against malaria in the countries with the highest number of malaria cases and deaths.
ALMA has supported malaria endemic countries across the African continent to establish national malaria scorecards to track progress and drive action and accountability. ALMA is also supporting Eswatini, Ghana, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia to establish national End Malaria Councils and Funds. The End Malaria Councils and Funds are country-led and gather high level stakeholders across multiple sectors to prioritize malaria control and elimination on the national agenda through advocacy, action & accountability and resource mobilization.
While countries are marking World Malaria Day, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria is hosting the official World Malaria Day activities in Paris, France to amplify francophone leadership in the fight against malaria and to build momentum to the Global Fund’s Replenishment Conference in October 2019.
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is the leading international source for malaria funding. We urge everyone to Step up the Fight against malaria to ensure that the Global Fund is replenished with at least $14billion so that we can continue this life saving work.
Mosquitoes know no borders and applaud the ongoing work of countries in the Elimination 8 and Sahel Malaria Elimination Initiative for sharing best practices and increasing cross border collaboration to accelerate malaria elimination.
Finally, in order to win the fight against malaria for good, we will need to continue innovating new tools to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria and encourage the efforts of our countries to manufacture lifesaving commodities on the African continent.
Together, we can achieve a malaria-free Africa.