Malaria stands in the way of the global ambitions driving all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—this was the main message of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria at this year’s United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The RBM Partnership used the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly to advocate how malaria elimination can help advance the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and broader SDGs.
At the high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World held on 23 September, Professor Maha Taysir Barakat, Board Chair of the RBM Partnership, conveyed how efforts to reach UHC and the fight against malaria can be mutually reinforcing. More specifically, malaria interventions can advance UHC by:
- Serving as an entry point for the delivery of health services at the community level
- Enabling the provision of timely and effective care in rural areas
- Freeing up already limited healthcare resources for other priorities.
In addition, Dr Abdourahmane Diallo, CEO of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, participated in the Access Challenge’s high-level conference entitled Achieving UHC: A Sustainable Future for Africa. Dr Diallo discussed how malaria elimination is at the heart of all SDGs – including ending poverty, improving health and well-being and ensuring quality education.