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.
  • Globally in 2022, there were an estimated 249 million malaria cases and 608 000 malaria deaths in 85 countries.
  • The WHO African Region carries a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden.
  • In 2022, the Region was home to 94% of malaria cases (233 million) and 95% (580 000) of malaria deaths.
  • Children under 5 accounted for about 80% of all malaria deaths in the Region.