Abu Dhabi grants $25m to global malaria body

It provides a tangible boost to the RBM Partnership and sends an important message of encouragement to the international malaria community. (AFP)

The Government of Abu Dhabi announced yesterday a five-year grant of US$25 million (Dh91.82m) to support the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM). Specifically, the funds will be used to scale-up malaria control worldwide and contribute to achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015.

After signing the donor agreement, Zaid Al Siksek, CEO and Dr Oliver Harrison, Director of Public Health & Policy, Abu Dhabi Health Authority (ADHA), met Prof Awa Marie Coll Seck, Executive Director, RBM and its partners in Europe, to discuss current plans for reaching international targets and eliminating malaria.

"We are grateful to the Government of Abu Dhabi for this support. It provides a tangible boost to the RBM Partnership and sends an important message of encouragement to the international malaria community," said Prof Coll-Seck.

Al Siksek said: "We are proud and pleased to be part of this global philanthropic effort and to support the RBM Secretariat in facilitating it's leading role in ending malaria. We hope to establish a long-term collaboration with RBM to share experiences and exchange operational knowledge in tackling health challenges."

 

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