A message from James Tibenderana, Malaria Consortium Chief Executive
As we look to recognise World Malaria Day at the end of this month, Malaria Consortium is delighted to announce a gift of US$10 million from philanthropist Mackenzie Scott, to further our mission.
The generous one-time gift, the largest single unrestricted donation received by Malaria Consortium, will enable us to operate with greater agility in addressing the underlying challenges driving health inequity and develop our organisational resilience to create and sustain impact in the longer term. As we mark 20 years since our inception as an international non-governmental organisation and UK-registered charity, the gift is a powerful acknowledgement of the collective efforts which have built an organisation that remains passionate about making a difference.
We are thrilled with this gift and will now be looking at how we use it to achieve maximum impact. It is extremely generous and recognition of the importance of our mission. Bold investment like this is transformational and will enable us to move closer to ending malaria and the suffering of millions of people worldwide – a vision that is possible in our lifetime.
Malaria Consortium works alongside ministries of health and other public, private and charity partners in endemic countries to reduce the burden of communicable diseases and support elimination strategies, with a focus on underserved populations. Malaria elimination is only possible, however, alongside the achievement of universal health coverage and we believe that all governments and their partners should commit to attaining it.
Universal health coverage will not be achieved without driving down the burden of malaria and other diseases, which is especially challenging at a time when health systems in many countries are struggling and communities have been left seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We remain committed, as it is possible to accelerate progress towards this goal and help improve the lives of millions of people worldwide. Good health – for this generation and those to follow – is a human right and one we must never give up on attaining.
From Malaria Consortium’s Chair, Professor Marcel Tanner:
"On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are grateful for this most generous gift. Alongside strengthening Malaria Consortium’s effectiveness and impact, it will enable us to further develop and contribute broadly to the well-being of societies that are most in need. The pandemic shone a light on global health inequities and as partners around the world, we must recognise, understand and continue to address these as we seek to build healthy futures, for all."