Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) Commends Australia's Pledge to Fight Malaria in Asia-Pacific
2 November 2012, Sydney, AUSTRALIA: - The RBM Partnership welcomes the commitment made by Australia to save lives and boost economic development in the region by pledging AU$ 100 million over the next four years to scale up malaria control, contain the spread of drug resistance and advance malaria research.
Responding to the announcement made by The Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Bob Carr, during the closing hours of the MALARIA 2012 conference in Sydney, the Executive Director of the RBM Partnership, Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré stated; "Australia's leadership is commendable. We have all witnessed what can be achieved by the combination of adequate funding, high level political commitment and collective action by a strong partnership. With these elements in place the Asia Pacific has the potential to defeat this disease, save lives, improve livelihoods, and increase economic growth in the region. We are delighted with the outcomes of this conference and on behalf of the Partnership I would like to thank Senator Carr and the people of Australia for this contribution. This investment will impact on the rest of the world and further contribute to the achievement of the MDGs."
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) is the global framework for coordinated action against malaria. Founded in 1998 by UNICEF, WHO, UNDP and the World Bank and strengthened by the expertise, resources and commitment of more than 500 partner organizations, RBM is a public-private partnership that facilitates the incubation of new ideas, lends support to innovative approaches, promotes high-level political commitment and keeps malaria high on the global agenda by enabling, harmonizing and amplifying partner-driven advocacy initiatives. RBM secures policy guidance and financial and technical support for control efforts in countries and monitors progress towards universal goals.