In the heart of Westminster malaria advocates, corporate partners and political leaders from all parties came together to celebrate innovation and leadership in the fight against malaria – two critical components that have delivered record progress over the past decade. Progress that has seen young child deaths from malaria halved since 2000 (saving more than 3.3 million lives) and 26 countries on track to eliminate malaria.
30 MPs and Peers came together with supporters of Malaria No More and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Malaria and NTDs to mark World Health Day last night. We organised Getting Malaria? as an experiential event; hosted by Jeremy Lefroy MP and compared by Sky New Anchor Lukwesa Burak; to inspire, engage and thank everyone for backing UK action to fight malaria. The event provided an opportunity for guests to find out more about the transformational difference being made to millions of people around the world thanks to UK leadership and increased global action to save lives from malaria, one of the world’s most deadly yet preventable diseases.
By James Whiting, Executive Director of Malaria No More UK
We launched in April 2009 to inspire the UK public, business and government to get behind the global effort to end suffering and deaths from malaria. Over the last five years we’ve used exciting partnerships with David Beckham, Andy Murray, ITV and others to raise public awareness of malaria so that it becomes an issue of importance to people across the country. It’s encouraging that we’ve helped to increase the percentage of the UK public who recognise malaria as an important issue from 52% to 72% between 2009 and 2012.
The last five years have seen malaria become a top international development priority for UK policy makers. Milestone moments include the The Department for International Development committing to help at least halve deaths in ten of the most severely affected countries by 2015, and last September, a pledge of record UK funding to save lives through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. We are dedicated to helping sustain this leadership in the knowledge that the UK’s formal malaria commitments expire in 2015, when we will have a new Parliament and Government.
Some of the world’s biggest music stars and Britain’s most in-demand festivals have come together to encourage fans to take action against extreme poverty which effects 1.2 billion people worldwide.
Now you can take action to help address key issues around global poverty and get hold of tickets for some of the hottest gigs, tours and festivals around the country as well as!
Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, Neil Young, McBusted, John Newman, Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, The National, Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, Chvrches, The Specials, Monty Python, the UK’s biggest Festivals and many more have all signed up to donate two tickets to each of their shows.
The first ever Malaria Pop Up Shop will open its doors in Peckham Square, Southwark on 24 March. The shop is initially open for one week and will inform and inspire people to get protected before they travel and aims to reduce the number of people returning to the UK with malaria – Last year over 1,000 people came back having contracted this deadly yet preventable disease that claims 627,000 lives every year worldwide.
The World Health Organisation’s 2013 World Malaria Report released today brings momentous news: 3.3 million lives have been saved since 2000, mainly young children. Deaths from malaria have also been dramatically cut – globally death rates have been reduced by 45% and in Africa by 49%.
Increased political commitment and rapid growth of malaria investments since 2000 have delivered these high impact results which are transformational for the lives of children: Child deaths rates in Africa have been cut by more than half (54%).
We warmly welcome the latest news from Washington DC where donors at the Global Fund’s Fourth Replenishment pledged $12 billion for the next three years, the largest amount ever committed to their fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
The UK pledged its historic support of £1 billion to the Fund in September and has since been encouraging others to step up their support. The Prime Minister in a video broadcast to the event this week highlighted the life-changing difference that we could make in defeating these diseases. “We have the tools, we have the knowledge. Now what is needed more than ever is political commitment and your ambitious pledges. So let’s get to it.”
The Global Fund’s replenishment conference got off to a strong start yesterday in Washington DC with President Barack Obama proclaiming his support, urging other countries to step up to secure significantly more funding over the next three years to save millions of lives from the deadly yet preventable diseases HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis (TB). “Don’t leave our money on the table,” said President Obama. “Now is the time to replenish the Global Fund.”
Significant pledges followed during the day with Canada committing $650 million for 2014-2016, an increase of over 20% on its previous pledge. The European Union also announced new support totalling over $500 million.
In a ground-breaking approach to procuring tools to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, the Global Fund and partners have established a new framework to systematically organise the purchase of massive amounts of mosquito nets, anti-HIV drugs and other products that will improve delivery and make significant savings.
In a first step, the Global Fund will sign contracts with seven manufacturers for the largest-ever bulk purchase of mosquito nets treated with insecticide, with immediate costs savings of $51.2 million, and projected overall savings of $140 million for the Global Fund over two years.
Blog from David Schellenberg, Professor of Malaria & International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Malaria No More UK Policy Advisor
Earlier this month I joined malaria researchers from around the world at the 6th Pan-African Multilateral Initiative on Malaria conference (MIM) in Durban. The theme “Moving Towards Malaria Eradication – Investing in Research and Control” saw a new consensus emerging around the concept of “accelerating to zero” – increasing investment in control in the most heavily burdened countries while enhancing capabilities to eliminate malaria where this is feasible.