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Baroness Liz Sugg CBE Joins Our Board As Chair

We’re honoured to announce the appointment of Baroness Liz Sugg CBE as our new Board Chair.

Baroness Sugg served as Minister for International Development in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Special Envoy for Girls’ Education, resigning from the Government in December 2020 over the decision to cut the aid budget. She will bring a powerful and unique knowledge of government and international development to this role.

Baroness Sugg also served as Director of Operations and Campaigns under the premiership of David Cameron at 10 Downing Street, where she led preparations for the UK-hosted NATO and G7 Summits, and international initiatives including the High-Level Panel that led to the critical Sustainable Development Goals.

I am delighted to be joining the brilliant team at Malaria No More UK. There is the real possibility of definitively ending malaria for good within a generation and, knowing that a child now dies of malaria every minute, that is a goal that everyone wants to see realised as soon as possible,” she says.

“Today malaria is at genuine risk of global resurgence, partly due to rising insecticide and drug resistance, which is why the role of British-backed science and innovation is instrumental in steering progress against malaria back on track. From ground-breaking new vaccine developments to next-generation mosquito nets and cutting-edge anti-malarials, we must continue to support our exceptional scientists, universities, and academic institutions.

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Baroness Sugg’s appointment comes at a crucial time in the fight against the disease, with the latest World Health Organisation’s World Malaria Report highlighting new figures showing a staggering 627,000 lives lost to malaria in 2020, the highest number in nearly a decade. The report also revealed that thousands more children than previously thought are dying of this preventable and treatable disease.

This Autumn marks the seventh replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria - one of the most important institutions battling against malaria - where it is hoped that US$18 billion will be raised to fight the three diseases. A successful replenishment would save 20 million lives, cut the malaria death rate by 64 per cent, and build a healthier, more equitable world, making the UK’s financial commitment to the Fund more critical than ever.

“The UK has long been a global leader in the malaria fight and a generous recommitment to the Global Fund will help accelerate our ability to end these diseases, advance health equity, and build stronger, more resilient health systems to prepare the world for future health threats,” Baroness Sugg explains.

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The Kigali Summit on Malaria and NTDs is also taking place this June, alongside the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, providing a major opportunity to ensure that reducing malaria is prioritised by leaders in a post-COVID world, and hold them accountable to the malaria commitments made at the London Malaria Summit 2018, including the promise to halve malaria across the Commonwealth by 2023.

This year is absolutely critical in terms of doubling down on our efforts on the global stage, particularly at the Summit in Kigali, and not allowing the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic to let us forget about deadly endemic diseases like malaria

“Issues facing women and girls are causes very close to my heart. Last year alone, 11.6 million pregnant women contracted malaria across Sub-Saharan Africa last year, and malaria was the third highest cause of death in teenage girls in the same region the year before. We must shift the trajectory in this fight - It would be a tragedy to see a reversal of the progress we have made to date. For the sake of millions of men’s, women’s and children’s lives, and for the safety of us all, it is vital that the UK Government chooses to maintain Britain’s leadership on malaria

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