The world has witnessed unprecedented progress in the fight against malaria, yet history demonstrates that the risk of malaria resurgence is real if political commitment weakens, funding wanes or technical challenges go unaddressed. Sustained investment will be required to maintain progress, avoid losing the gains of recent years and advance the malaria elimination agenda.
This continued investment is outlined in the RBM Partnership to End Malaria framework document: Action and Investment to Defeat Malaria 2016-20303 (AIM), and WHO’s Global Technical Strategy (GTS). In addition to the AIM and GTS documents, a detailed analysis of recent developments in the malaria space has been used to guide the definition of the Partnership priorities for the period 2018-2020.
The RBM Partnership to End Malaria Strategic Plan 2018-2020 focuses on building global momentum towards the malaria elimination agenda in countries that are near elimination as well as in high burden countries.
At the 5th Partnership Board meeting in April 2017, the CEO presented to the Board a draft strategic approach for the Partnership. The Board approved the strategic approach and requested the CEO and the Secretariat to engage and consult a wide range of Partners in the preparation of the Strategic Plan.
Between April and July 2017, a comprehensive consultation exercise took place. This process included targeted dialogues with endemic countries, online surveys and consultation using the Partner Committee structures. On the basis of these consultations, the Strategic Plan was finalised and approved by the Partnership Board in late 2017.
The strategy aims to position the reinvigorated RBM Partnership to End Malaria to play a vital role in:
• Elevating malaria on the global developmental and political agenda
• Making malaria elimination a central theme in the sustainable development agenda
• Advocating for universal access to malaria prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services
• Building momentum and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination
• Sustaining momentum and mobilising funding for regional and national elimination efforts
• Empowering countries, communities and individuals to defeat malaria
• Promoting innovation and facilitating uptake of new tools for greater impact, and
• Demonstrating a multi-sectoral approach to end malaria for good.
This strategic plan is structured around three main strategic objectives, as follows:
• Strategic Objective 1: Keep malaria high on the political and developmental agendas through a robust multi-sectoral approach to ensure continued commitment and investment to achieve the GTS and AIM milestones and targets.
• Strategic Objective 2: Promote and support regional approaches to the fight against malaria anchored in existing political and economic platforms such as regional economic communities, including in complex/humanitarian settings.
• Strategic Objective 3: Promote and advocate for sustainable malaria financing with substantial increases in domestic financing.