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PRESS RELEASE: Malaria Summit London 2018

Global leaders on stage at the Malaria Summit London

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Malaria Summit London delivers game-changing leadership, innovation and funding commitments; reignites progress towards beating malaria

The Malaria Summit, London saw 14 Heads of State and Government, Bill Gates, scientists and private sector and international organisations making significant commitments that will catalyse progress towards beating malaria at a time when efforts to end the preventable disease have stalled.

High level political commitments to beat malaria were made by Heads and State and Government, and Ministers from 19 Commonwealth Countries.

Commitments exceeded expectations by £200m. The Summit featured collective commitments worth over £2.9 billion ($4.1 billion) from governments, the private sector, philanthropists and International Organisations.

The Summit also featured a call to action - led by Heads of Commonwealth State and Government, HRH The Prince of Wales and Bill Gates – urging the Commonwealth leaders meeting tomorrow to commit to halving malaria within five years. That commitment would prevent 350 million cases of the disease in the next five years and save 650,000 lives across commonwealth countries.

Specific commitments featured at the Malaria Summit London included:

  1. High level political commitment towards malaria elimination.
  2. Significant increase in investment from malaria endemic countries to leverage and complement donor funding
  3. New innovative tools to overcome the growing threat of resistance.
  4. Improved methods to track the disease to enable more effective and efficient intervention and to prevent resurgence.
Global leaders launch innovative approach to beat malaria

From left to right:

  • Ms Jayathma Wickramanayake, United Nations Special Envoy on Youth
  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director General, WHO,
  • Bill Gates
  • Hon Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Republic of Rwanda,
  • HRH The Prince of Wales 
  • H.E. The Prime Minister of Swaziland Dr Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, Kingdom of Swaziland
  • HRH The Duke of York, KG
  • Dr. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho Board Chair, RBM Partnership to End Malaria
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author and storyteller


Breakdown of £2.9 billion 

  • £1.45bn ($2bn) total domestic co financing from malaria affected countries to the Global Fund o £700m ($1bn) new funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • £160m ($230million) in newly announced commitments from the UK Government - to support Global Fund, R&D, and work in Nigeria
  • Announcements from private sector companies investing in R&D to develop new tools to fight malaria such as £175m ($251m) GSK and £70m ($100m) Novartis
  • £100m ($142m) from Wellcome Trust to invest in malaria R&D over the next 5 years
  • Nigerian government commitment of $318.7m - including $300m from the World Bank, Islamic Development Bank and African Development Bank and $18.7million from the President’s Fund to leveraged an additional $37million from the Global Fund, allowing the distribution of 15 million mosquito nets and protect 30 million people

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HRH The Prince of Wale's Keynote Address:

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