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Sustained Malaria Financing at Heart of Africa's Development Agenda

Press release, 23.06.2012
From left to right: H.E. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Minister of Health and Social Action, H.E. Youssou Ndour, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Senegal, H.E. Dr Yatta Lori Lugor, Deputy Minister of Health, Republic of South Sudan
From left to right: H.E. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Minister of Health and Social Action,
H.E. Youssou Ndour, Minister of Culture and Tourism,
Senegal, H.E. Dr Yatta Lori Lugor, Deputy Minister of Health, Republic of South Sudan

DAKAR, 23 June 2012 – Representatives from 39 Governments conducted a gap analysis of country malaria programmes in Dakar this week and reviewed their malaria control needs in order to achieve the 2015 Millennium Development Goals.

The forecasted dollar projections will be presented to Ministers of Finance to urge new national commitment and the pledging of increased domestic resources to fight the disease. Donor organizations will also be asked to consider innovative financing mechanisms to fund the global malaria response. ‪New country financing plans will be developed in all malaria endemic countries to support this assertive push for sustainable funding for malaria control.

A comprehensive programmatic gap analysis identifies all requirements needed to fully implement the strategic plan of a national malaria control programme. It indicates components already funded, and highlights the outstanding financial gaps for which funding is sought. Programme managers are taking all necessary steps to ensure sustained financing plans will be available in every malaria endemic country. ‪While investments have increased exponentially over the past decade, there remains a substantial fundraising challenge to meet the annual financing needs to tackle malaria.

At a recent ministerial meeting in Geneva, RBM's Board Chair Hon. Victor Makwenge, a parliamentarian from DR Congo, called for increased domestic funding. Makwenge noted that domestic financing for malaria control was still too low in most countries, and that it was increasing too slowly to build the necessary confidence needed to leverage international financing.

The global malaria funding gap is estimated at approximately USD 9.7 billion for the period of 2012-15. Of this amount, the financing gap for Africa for commodities and their delivery is estimated to be USD 3.2 billion for the same period.

"Malaria interventions are proven to bring down child mortality. And they are proven to boost economic development," said Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Minister of Health of the Republic of Senegal. She reminded the audience about the stakes at risk. "We must continue to build on our decade of success," she urged, cautioning that malaria resurgence is a real threat if the current gains are not maintained.

Malaria's public health impact is compounded by high economic costs, both direct and indirect. It is estimated that Africa spends nearly 40% of all health expenditures on malaria.

"Investing in malaria control generates economic and social benefits," said Youssou N'Dour, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Senegal who addressed the meeting. "It will increase economic output, and in particular benefit the tourism sector," N'Dour added. Rapid and large scale deployment of malaria interventions could increase economic output by as much as USD 30 billion in Africa per year.

The gap analysis included all key malaria control interventions including preventive measures, such as the use of Long Lasting Insecticidal mosquito Nets (LLINs), and Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS), diagnosis and treatment. It also included supportive activities needed to deploy and monitor these interventions such as management capacity, training, behavior change communication and monitoring and evaluation, as well as resistance monitoring and surveillance.

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More than 200 stakeholders took part in the three day consultation, including national malaria control programmes, directorates of planning and budget, civil society, and the private sector. Donor organizations included the African Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, World Bank International Development Association, the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, US President Malaria Initiative, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the UK Department for International Development.

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The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) is the global framework for coordinated action against malaria. Founded in 1998 by UNICEF, WHO, UNDP and the World Bank and strengthened by the expertise, resources and commitment of more than 500 partner organizations, RBM is a public-private partnership that facilitates the incubation of new ideas, lends support to innovative approaches, promotes high-level political commitment and keeps malaria high on the global agenda by enabling, harmonizing and amplifying partner-driven advocacy initiatives. RBM secures policy guidance and financial and technical support for control efforts in countries and monitors progress towards universal goals. The RBM Secretariat is hosted at WHO in Geneva, Switzerland.