Roll Back Malaria Partnership

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The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM Partnership) is the global framework for coordinated action against malaria. It forges consensus among key actors in malaria control, harmonises action and mobilises resources to fight malaria in endemic countries.

The RBM Partnership was launched in 1998 by Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, under the initial leadership of Dr. David Nabarro, as a partnership between WHO, UNICEF, UNDP and the World Bank, in an effort to provide a coordinated global response to the disease.[1] In 2006, the RBM Partnership was redesigned in a process known as the Change Initiative in order to strengthen RBM's capacity to respond efficiently to emerging challenges in global malaria control.[2]

In 2009, the RBM Partnership comprises hundreds of partners organized in eight constituencies,[3] including malaria endemic countries,[4] their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions.

Through the RBM Partnership mechanisms, actors in malaria control coordinate their activities at global, regional and country level, while striving to avoid duplication and fragmentation and achieve optimal use of resources.

On September 25, 2008 at the Millennium Development Goals Malaria Summit[5] key actors in malaria control endorsed an ambitious plan to put an end to malaria as a global health problem. The Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP)[6] consolidates the input of 30 endemic countries and regions, 65 international institutions and 250 experts from a wide range of fields.[7] The GMAP aims for a substantial and sustained reduction of the malaria burden in the near and mid-terms and at an eventual elimination.[8] In 2014 the Roll Back Malaria Partnership has initiated the process of developing the second Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP2)[9] for the period 2016-2025.

From 2004 to March 2012, the RBM Partnership was led by Prof Awa Marie Coll Seck. In June 2012 Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré was appointed as RBM's Executive Director.

Partnership Secretariat is hosted by the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. The RBM Secretariat facilitates policy coordination at a global and regional levels.

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