Malaria Consortium welcomes today’s announcement of the launch of the End Malaria Council which aims to ensure malaria eradication remains a top global priority.
The Council was convened by Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ray Chambers, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria. Malaria still accounts for over 400,000 deaths every year and kills a child every two minutes.
The End Malaria Council will work alongside the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, of which Malaria Consortium is a member, as well as other key partners to build political engagement and mobilise resources to support the development of new diagnostic tools and malaria treatments.
“The next chapter of the fight against malaria starts now,” said Bill Gates. “For the first time in history, we have a roadmap to a world without malaria – where no one has to die from a mosquito bite ever again. With renewed focus, innovation and new commitments of leadership and funding, we can be the generation to end malaria once and for all.”
The Council’s launch comes just one month after the release of the World Health Organization’s 2016 World Malaria Report, which showed that malaria interventions were successful but that further funding was needed to achieve malaria targets set for the 2020 Global Technical Strategy and 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
The Council’s founding members include:
Malaria Consortium looks forward to working with the End Malaria Council and other partners, including the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, as we work to maintain the momentum of recent years and accelerate efforts to end malaria.