World Malaria Day 2020: “Zero malaria starts with me”
Urgent action is needed to get back on track, and ownership of the challenge lies in the hands of countries most affected by malaria. In the lead-up to World Malaria Day 2020, WHO joins the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, the African Union Commission and other partner organizations in promoting “Zero malaria starts with me” a grassroots campaign that aims to keep malaria high on the political agenda, mobilize additional resources, and empower communities to take ownership of malaria prevention and care.
The “Zero malaria” campaign, first launched in Senegal in 2014, was officially endorsed at the African Union Summit by all African Heads of State in July 2018. It engages all members of society: political leaders who control government policy decisions and budgets; private sector companies that will benefit from a malaria-free workforce; and communities affected by malaria, whose buy-in and ownership of malaria control interventions is critical to success.
“High burden high impact”
As a response to recent data and trends, WHO and the RBM Partnership have catalyzed “High burden to high impact”, a new approach to get the malaria fight back on track, particularly in countries that carry the highest burden of disease. The approach is founded on 4 pillars:
- Political will to reduce malaria deaths
- Strategic information to drive impact
- Better guidance, policies and strategies
- A coordinated national malaria response
Pillar 1 calls on leaders of malaria-affected countries to translate their stated political commitments into resources and tangible actions that will save more lives. To this end, campaigns that engage communities and country leaders – like “Zero malaria starts with me” – can foster an environment of accountability and action.
WORLD MALARIA DAY: CALLS TO ACTION
This World Malaria Day, support us to emphasize the power and responsibility – no matter where we live – to ensure no one dies from a mosquito bite, as we call on everyone to be accountable in the fight against malaria.
- Invest in robust health and surveillance systems and sustaining malaria prevention and control interventions to help ensure millions of the most vulnerable are protected from malaria and new diseases like COVID-19.
- We must close the $2 billion annual gap in malaria funding to develop transformative tools and reach the most vulnerable people with the life-saving malaria interventions they need.
- We can significantly improve maternal health and child survival by increasing access to life saving tools for the millions of pregnant women and children still at risk of malaria.
- Invest in the development and scale up of innovative tools and technologies to help us beat malaria and the mosquito that carries it.
- More countries than ever are closer to eliminating malaria. Targeted investments to fill gaps in malaria programming can propel regions like the Americas and countries on the verge of elimination to reach their goal of zero malaria.
- Be the generation that ends malaria. Learn more and join us to hold global leaders accountable to their commitments at zeromalaria.africa
Source of info: WHO and END Malaria