The 28th Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) board meeting, held on the eve of the World Health Assembly, used the opportunity to endorse the Action and Investment to Defeat Malaria 2016-2030 (AIM), which complements the World Health Organization’s new Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 (GTS).
These two strategies, in conjunction with the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals, will guide malaria control and elimination efforts over the next 15 years.
The GTS consists of three key elements:
It also emphasises the importance of research and innovation, political commitment, sustainable financing, strong health systems and continued cross-sectoral collaboration.
The AIM focuses on the benefits of political investment in malaria control. At the meeting, the RBM Board committed to implementing the AIM through the development of a work plan that incorporated wider elements that affect health, such as changes in the environment, housing, sanitation and education.
Malaria Consortium, whose representatives were present at the board meeting, welcomes this commitment and will continue to work towards the reduction and eventual elimination of malaria worldwide.
Keywords: Advocacy and policy