Heads of Commonwealth State and Government, HRH The Prince of Wales, and Bill Gates called on Commonwealth leaders meeting to commit to “halving malaria within five years”. The group said, “That commitment would prevent 350 million cases of the disease in the next five years and save 650,000 lives across Commonwealth countries.”
The Malaria Summit in London united 14 Heads of State and Government, Bill Gates, scientists, private sector and international organizations to make game-changing commitments towards beating malaria at a time when efforts to end the preventable disease had stalled. The Summit’s call to action urged Commonwealth leaders to commit to halving malaria by 2023.
Commitments exceeded expectations by £200m. The Summit featured collective commitments worth over £2.9 billion ($4.1 billion).
The commitments focused on:
- High level political commitment towards malaria elimination.
- Significant increase in investment from malaria endemic countries to leverage and complement donor funding
- New innovative tools to overcome the growing threat of resistance.
- Improved methods to track the disease to enable more effective and efficient intervention and to prevent resurgence.