Money is only half the battle to end malaria. We need champions in the private and public sectors to help us rally support, encourage best practices and promote innovation.
Several countries - led by the US, UK, Australia, Japan, and others, provide direct financial and technical assistance to endemic countries for their fight against malaria. This bilateral country-to-country assistance allows governments to purchase more commodities, train more health workers, and build stronger health systems than they would be able to do through domestic financing alone. Funding has grown dramatically since 2000, but still doesn't fill all of the gaps in some of the hardest-hit countries.
Key Donor Institutions
In addition to bilateral assistance, the global community has come together to pool funding in multilateral institutions and direct it to the global malaria fight. The largest funder of malaria control and elimination is the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The World Bank has also been a key funder of malaria programs, mainly through its Booster Program for Malaria Control in Africa, which provided over $700 million to priority countries.
ENDEMIC COUNTRY COMMITMENTS
In most malaria-endemic countries, the disease is diagnosed and treated primarly at government health facilities or by community health workers, at low or no cost to patients. Though each country is different and resources are scarce, endemic countries' own funding for malaria programs continues to grow.
PRIVATE AND PHILANTROPIC FUNDERS
High net worth individuals, corporations and foundations also contribute to the fight against malaria - from funding small-scale community and workplace programs, to multi-million-dollar research portfolios, as well as contributions to the Global Fund. Private and philanthropic partners reflect the truly global nature of the fight, spanning businesses and individuals from every corner of the world.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provides crucial financial and strategic support to organizations dedicated to malaria eradication.
The Wellcome Trust provides $25 million a year in Research & Development contributions, funding which is critical to developing new malaria tools and strategies.