(10 July 2015; United Nations, Geneva) On Monday 13 July, world leaders at the 3rd International Financing for Development (FfD) meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will discuss the new World Health Assembly endorsed Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership’s Action and Investment to defeat Malaria 2016-2030 (AIM) - for a malaria-free world. Together, these documents provide technical guidance and a framework for action and investment to achieve the ambitious malaria elimination targets outlined in the forthcoming United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This new comprehensive vision will be formally launched during a special malaria financing event convened by H.E. Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Progress in the fight against malaria since 2000 has resulted in a 58% reduction in malaria mortality - with more than 6.2 million malaria deaths averted between 2001 - 2015. However, malaria remains a major cause and consequence of poverty and inequity worldwide. It impedes economic development, undermines food security,stops children going to school, and absorbs the capacity of national systems to respond effectively to health security threats.
On the release of this comprehensive new vision, the United Nations Secretary-General, BAN-Ki-moon noted: “Reaching our 2030 global malaria goals will not only save millions of lives, it will reduce poverty and create healthier, more equitable societies. Ensuring the continued reduction and elimination of malaria will generate benefits for entire communities, businesses, agriculture, health systems and households.” The United Nations Secretary-General continued, “Transforming our understanding of the powerful return on investment of ending malaria deaths into dynamic and effective action on the ground will be essential to realizing the future we want, where all people enjoy the equality and dignity they deserve.”