2022 was a year of cautious optimism in the fight against malaria, despite continued service disruptions caused by global conflicts, climate shocks, and rising costs. The 2022 World Malaria Report showed that the global malaria community has managed to prevent further setbacks after cases and deaths spiked during the early stages of the pandemic.
And while a convergence of geopolitical, environmental, and biological threats have tested the resilience of global malaria programs, a pipeline of innovative new malaria tools and strategies – to include next-generation bed nets, the first WHO-approved vaccine, spatial repellants, and the genetic modification of mosquitoes – inspires hope that we’re entering a period of accelerated progress in the fight against this ancient disease.
2022 was a highly productive year for our campaign. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and corporate partners, United to Beat Malaria helped protect 826,929 people from malaria across three continents. And thanks to the persistent advocacy of our champions, we helped secure significant and historic increases in US funding for vital programs, including The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria and the US President’s Malaria Initiative.
Below is a short film and summary highlighting our impact in 2022:
ON-THE GROUND IMPACT
Beat Malaria and our on-the-ground partners supported malaria projects across three continents. Your donations primarily supported malaria projects in Niger, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Madagascar – highly vulnerable regions impacted by conflict, climate change-related disasters, and displacement. In addition, your funding supported malaria elimination efforts in Haiti and across Latin America.
In 2022, we supported the delivery of…
Diagnosis and Treatment
Strengthening Health Systems
Since 2006, our campaign has protected over 40 million people from malaria across 60 countries.
Our malaria projects continue to prioritize populations most vulnerable to malaria, including: young children, pregnant women, people displaced by conflict and natural disasters, and remote communities with limited access to healthcare.
We also had a significant impact on the advocacy front in 2022. With training and support from our Advocacy team, our Champions (i.e. volunteer advocates and partners) led 214 virtual meetings with Congressional offices across 33 states to reinforce the vital importance of US leadership in the fight against malaria.
Thanks to persistent year-round advocacy, Congress approved funding increases for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria and the US President’s Malaria Initiative in its FY23 spending package. Strong investments in these programs will not only save millions of lives, but will also bolster economies, empower youth, and strengthen health systems and pandemic preparedness throughout the malaria-affected world.
A NEW ERA: FROM NOTHING BUT NETS TO UNITED TO BEAT MALARIA
In 2022, in our campaign’s 16th year, we unveiled a new name that better reflects our multi-faceted approach to fighting malaria. While bed nets remain a cornerstone of malaria prevention, our campaign has evolved to provide a wide range of innovative tools and strategies that meet the greatest needs of the communities we serve. We’ve also expanded our efforts to engage and unite malaria advocates around the world who are committed to fighting this global injustice. United to Beat Malaria reflects our diverse array of donors, partners, and champions, and how we bring people together to work towards our shared bold mission: to eradicate this ancient disease within our lifetimes.
As we reflect on 2022, we are deeply grateful to all our donors, partners, and Champions for their invaluable contributions to our campaign. Stay tuned to our social media channels next week as we preview what we have planned for 2023.