Roll Back Malaria

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Since 2008, Y’s Men International has been engaged in fundraising and awareness activities to support the global fight against malaria and is a partner in the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, the global framework for coordinated action against malaria

Early efforts supported the work of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), helping to fund programmes in endemic countries aimed at social mobilisation,  behaviour change communication, and assistance to households with long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) distribution and hanging, through the flagship programmes of “Hang Up” and “Keep Up”. Between 2010 and 2020, YMI supported IFRC activities in Sierra Leone, Togo and Tanzania.

Multi-Stakeholder Partnership

Together with World YMCA, a multi-stakeholder partnership has been created to support The Global Fund to Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The agreement was announced during the Global Fund’s sixth replenishment conference, convened by French President Emmanuel Macron in Lyon, France from 9-10 October 2019.

YMI joins ranks with national governments and around 60 other organisations supporting the Global Fund such as Apple, Microsoft, Google, Mastercard, UN Foundation, Tata Trusts and Starbucks.

The Global Fund aims to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and mobilises and invests more than US$4 billion year to support programmes run by local specialists in more than 100 countries. One recipient of funding is the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, with around 60% of the partnership’s initiatives funded by the Global Fund.

World YMCA, which reaches 64 million people in 120 countries, will coordinate global advocacy efforts, as well as support community engagement and outreach initiatives to help reduce the burden of malaria, especially with young people and the most vulnerable. DFID, the international development arm of the UK government, will provide double-matching funds, unlocking nearly US$1 million to fight malaria.

Press release (14 October 2019)

Key Facts

  • Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. It is preventable and curable.
  • In 2018, there were an estimated 228 million cases of malaria worldwide.
  • The estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 405 000 in 2018.
  • Children aged under 5 years are the most vulnerable group affected by malaria; in 2018, they accounted for 67% (272 000) of all malaria deaths worldwide.
  • The WHO African Region carries a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2018, the region was home to 93% of malaria cases and 94% of malaria deaths.
  • Total funding for malaria control and elimination reached an estimated US$ 2.7 billion in 2018. Contributions from governments of endemic countries amounted to US$ 900 million, representing 30% of total funding.