Many Voices , a single Theme
The World Malaria Day theme provides a common platform for countries to showcase their successes in malaria control and unify diverse initiatives in the changing global context. Malaria-endemic countries have made incredible gains in malaria in the last decade, but sustaining them will take extra efforts until the job is finished and malaria is eliminated worldwide. While efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria have gained important momentum over the past years, an annual shortage of US$ 3.6 billion threatens to slow down progress, particularly across Africa where high-burden countries are facing critical funding gaps. Unless the world can find a way to bridge the funding gaps and endemic countries have the resources and technical support they need to implement sound malaria control plans, malaria resurgence will likely take many more lives.
The theme from 2013 to 2015 is Invest in the future, Defeat malaria to call attention to efforts to finish the job 2015. Use RBM’s messaging to support your advocacy this year, adding your own specific messages that reflect your particular area of focus. To boost action towards the 2015 malaria targets, an ongoing RBM campaign provides a window on political commitment, new investments and action taken to overcome challenges in endemic countries.
Help spread the word, don’t just watch:
Tweet: “Africa fights #malaria – http://defeatmalaria.org/”