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Partners Press for Accelerated Progress against Malaria

24 April 2014

GENEVA – Partners in global health are working together to accelerate progress toward a world free of malaria, with ambitious planning and optimized use of all funding, in order to increase impact and reach more people affected by the disease.

In its message for World Malaria Day, which is 25 April, Roll Back Malaria cited the great progress that has been made against the disease, reducing death rates and shrinking the malaria map. But it also called on the world to “strengthen the potential of individuals, communities and countries to achieve our ultimate goal – a world free from malaria.”

Pregnant women and children under the age of five years remain disproportionately affected by malaria. Roll Back Malaria points to the fact that a child dies every minute from this preventable and curable disease.

This year, through its new funding model, the Global Fund is reinvigorating its founding principles as a partnership organization to intensify the fight against malaria, as well as against HIV and tuberculosis. With vibrant and inclusive country dialogue, flexibility in reprograming funds, alignment with national plans and strategies for health, the new funding model provides implementing partners with more effective means to defeat the three diseases.

By mobilizing partnership in the response to malaria, the new funding model calls on the skills, knowledge and determination of everyone responding to the disease to find the best solutions, including through strengthening of health systems.

The Global Fund has developed a partnership agreement with the WHO and RBM to ensure that implementing countries get the technical support they need to develop strong concept notes that will ensure maximum impact with the available funding.

Working together with partners, the Global Fund is committed to defeating malaria by investing into a partnership approach that coordinates the use of all available resources to achieve greater value for money from every investment.