On July 01, 2021, the Zero Malaria Starts With Me (ZMSWM) Campaign marked the third year of impacting Africa with a robust response to malaria response. Co-led by the African Union Commission and the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, Zero Malaria Starts with Me sparks grassroots movements by engaging political leaders at all levels, mobilising resources and funding, and empowering communities to take ownership of malaria efforts and hold leaders accountable in the fight against malaria.
In partnership with the African Union (AU) AU Commission, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), the RBM Partnership, and Speak Up Africa hosted a virtual event exploring recent progress and remaining challenges relating to domestic resources mobilisation for malaria control and elimination across Africa.
Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and Cameroon have recently increased their domestic resource commitments. Nigeria has secured resources from the World Bank (US$200 million) and the Islamic Development Bank (US$100 million) to fill critical gaps in its national response.
Increasingly more African countries are establishing End Malaria Councils and Funds, which are vehicles to engage all stakeholders and mobilise in-kind and financial resources to close existing funding gaps. To date, countries including Kenya, Zambia, Mozambique, Eswatini and Uganda have launched national End Malaria Councils and Funds, with a total of 15 projected to be established before the end of 2022, in line with HE President Uhuru Kenyatta’s legacy goals as Chair of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA).
Since the launch of ZMSWM by African leaders at the 31st African Union Summit in July 2018, the movement has been adopted in 20 AU Member States: Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Ghana, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Kenya