World Malaria Day (April 25) is more than just an observance. Throughout April, it was a rallying point for our donors and champions to take action and make a substantial impact. Here are some highlights from our various World Malaria Day activations and events.
$200,000+ raised to support malaria projects for conflict-affected Nigerians
Close to 600 donors raised over $200,000 for our World Malaria Day fundraiser, which supports malaria prevention, treatment, and training projects in northeast Nigeria. Gripped by a 13-year insurgency crisis, northeast Nigeria is home to over 2 million internally displaced persons and one of the world’s longest-running humanitarian crises. Malaria continues to be the leading cause of illness and death in this remote and restive region, in large part due to poor access to bed nets and other vital malaria tools.
Proceeds from our World Malaria Day fundraiser will support the delivery of over 78,000 insecticide-treated bed nets, 2,420 anti-malarial drugs, the training of 506 laboratory personnel, and an indoor residual spraying campaign that will safely protect over 64,000 households. These malaria projects focus primarily on internally displaced persons camps, host communities, and other areas with high levels of displacement. THANK YOU to all of our generous donors who stepped up this month to aid these vulnerable communities.
Beat Malaria Champions from across the country engage their Members of Congress
Another shoutout to our amazing Champions who continued their drumbeat of advocacy for vital global malaria programs, just a month after our annual Advocacy Day. On World Malaria Day, 28 Champions engaged their Members of Congress, sending 90 messages via social media that reinforced the vital importance of US leadership in the fight to beat malaria. These Champions come from all over the country, including New York, Florida, California, Michigan, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington.
The stakes are particularly high right now: this September, countries around the world will make 3-year pledges to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, as part of its seventh Replenishment Conference. Billions of dollars in vital malaria funding hang in the balance. The time is now to step up advocacy efforts for the Global Fund, which provides 56% of all global financing for malaria programs, and the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) – another vital US-funded program that protects millions of people from malaria each year.
World Malaria Day events bring together politicians, diplomats, and leaders in the malaria community
Speaking of Congress, last week we co-hosted an event on Capitol Hill – the first malaria event on the Hill in over 2 years! – that celebrated US leadership in the fight against malaria. This event featured former Heads of State, Members of Congress, Global Fund and PMI leadership, and other high-level speakers. Special thanks again to our co-sponsor Malaria No More and to our partners: The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH), Friends of the Global Fight, The Global Health Council, and PATH.
Finally, last Thursday our campaign organized a World Malaria Day Commemoration in Washington DC that celebrated African success in the fight against malaria. Hosted by the African Union Mission to the U.S., the Kenyan Embassy D.C., and the African Leaders Malaria Alliance, the event brought together African and European Ambassadors, U.S. global health leadership, development partners, and community and civil society champions. To learn more, read the full recap.
Thanks to all who raised funds and raised their voices this World Malaria Day!