The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM Partnership) is the global framework for coordinated action against malaria. It forges consensus among key actors in malaria control, harmonises action and mobilises resources to fight malaria in endemic countries.
The RBM Partnership was launched in 1998 by Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, under the initial leadership of Dr. David Nabarro, as a partnership between WHO, UNICEF, UNDP and the World Bank, in an effort to provide a coordinated global response to the disease. In 2006, the RBM Partnership was redesigned in a process known as the Change Initiative in order to strengthen RBM's capacity to respond efficiently to emerging challenges in global malaria control.
Through the RBM Partnership mechanisms, actors in malaria control coordinate their activities at global, regional and country level, while striving to avoid duplication and fragmentation and achieve optimal use of resources.
On September 25, 2008 at the Millennium Development Goals Malaria Summit key actors in malaria control endorsed an ambitious plan to put an end to malaria as a global health problem. The Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) consolidates the input of 30 endemic countries and regions, 65 international institutions and 250 experts from a wide range of fields. The GMAP aims for a substantial and sustained reduction of the malaria burden in the near and mid-terms and at an eventual elimination. In 2014 the Roll Back Malaria Partnership has initiated the process of developing the second Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP2) for the period 2016-2025.
Action and Investment to defeat Malaria 2016–2030 (AIM) – for a malaria-free world builds on the success of the first Global Malaria Action Plan – for a malaria-free world , serving as both a clarion call and a guide for collective action for all those engaged in the fight against malaria. The result of an extensive consultative process, AIM complements the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030 by positioning malaria in the wider development agenda. It illustrates how reducing and eliminating malaria creates healthier, more equitable and prosperous societies, and promotes a broadly inclusive and multisectoral response.
Both documents share the 2016–2030 timeline of the Sustainable Development Goals, and provide direction towards the 2030 malaria goals.
From 2004 to March 2012, the RBM Partnership was led by Prof Awa Marie Coll Seck. In June 2012 Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré was appointed as RBM's Executive Director.
After a period of extensive consultation, the RBM Board agreed at its 29th Meeting in December 2015 on a new governance architecture. This included the establishment of a reconstituted Partnership Board led by RBM Partnership Board Chair Dr. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbush and supported by Board Vice-Chair Mr Kieran Daly.