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London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Malaria Centre

Malaria Summit

 
 

Prof Cally Roper attended the summit. Shown here meeting Prince Charles and showing him a drone used for malaria surveillance in the Monkey-Bar project (PI Prof Chris Drakeley).

19 April 2018
London, 18 April 2018.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London this week presented the exceptional opportunity to review and re-energise the global initiative to eliminate malaria. Half of the world’s total burden of malaria is borne by citizens of the Commonwealth and 90% of us are at risk of malaria. Heads of State and Government of 14 malaria-endemic Commonwealth Countries pledged fresh commitment to malaria elimination at the Malaria Summit on Wednesday.

The Malaria Summit which united Heads of State and Government, Bill Gates, scientists, private sector and international organisations, was convened by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership to End Malaria, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and was hosted by the Governments of Rwanda Swaziland and the UK.

In a powerful address, Bill Gates described the extraordinary progress of recent years namely a 60% reduction in cases and 7 million lives saved. These gains were achieved through a 1000% increase in funding which allowed the existing interventions for prevention, detection and treatment of malaria to be scaled up worldwide. Mr Gates cautioned however, that more of the same will not be enough. An upturn in case numbers last year signals the immediate need for new strategies, supported by more detailed surveillance data, technological innovation and fresh political resolve. ‘We need to keep innovating or go backwards’ he said. 

The call to action - led by Heads of Commonwealth State and Government, HRH The Prince of Wales and Bill Gates –featured collective commitments worth over £2.9 billion ($4.1 billion). The target is to halve malaria across the commonwealth by 2023, a commitment that would prevent 350 million cases of the disease in the next five years and save 650,000 lives across Commonwealth countries.