KIGALI, Rwanda -- The Global Fund welcomes Goodbye Malaria's renewed commitment to the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria with a new pledge of US$5.5 million (ZAR 88 million) for the Global Fund's Seventh Replenishment.
The pledge was made today at the Kigali Summit on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases alongside the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
After years of steady declines, malaria cases and deaths are on the rise mainly due to stalled funding and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Malaria kills one child every minute.
The new funding will help support malaria elimination in southern Africa by strengthening cross-border vector control efforts in Eswatini, Mozambique and South Africa.
"At this important juncture, we are proud to continue supporting the Global Fund," said Sherwin Charles, Co-Founder and CEO of Goodbye Malaria. "Private sector support is especially important in developing new tools and innovations that help accelerate progress in the fight against malaria. We hope that our leadership encourages other domestic private sector partners to join in the Global Fund's effort to fight for what counts."
"We are tremendously grateful to Goodbye Malaria for committing new funds to support our lifesaving work," said Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund. "Goodbye Malaria has proven to be a successful initiative to mobilize local private sector partners and leverage domestic resources toward accelerating malaria elimination in southern Africa. As the Global Fund holds its Seventh Replenishment, the world has an opportunity to save more lives, accelerate progress toward ending HIV, TB and malaria and support countries and communities to prepare for future pandemics."
Launched in 2012, Goodbye Malaria is an African-run initiative to eliminate malaria that helps raise funds while supporting and catalyzing on-the-ground malaria elimination programs. The organization aims to raise further awareness and funding for malaria programs by driving cause-related marketing campaigns aimed at corporations and consumers. Goodbye Malaria began its partnership with the Global Fund in 2013. To date, it has committed a total US$9.5 million to the organization. This new pledge for the Seventh Replenishment brings their total commitment to US$15 million.
For its upcoming Seventh Replenishment Conference, the Global Fund aims to raise at least US$18 billion [ download in عربي | Deutsch | English | Español | Français | Italiano | 日本語 | 한국어 | Русский ] from public and private donors to fight for what counts -- cut the death rate from HIV, TB and malaria by 64% by 2026, save 20 million lives, and strengthen systems for health to build a healthier, more equitable world. In the fight against malaria, a successful Replenishment would cut malaria deaths by 62%, reduce malaria cases by 66%, and eliminate malaria from an additional six countries by 2026.
The Global Fund provides 56% of all international financing for malaria programs (39% of total available resources) and has invested more than US$16 billion in malaria control programs to date. In countries where the Global Fund invests, malaria deaths have dropped by 26% between 2002 and 2020.