MMV’s CEO delivers strong message at Oslo malaria conference

Innovation and partnerships are key to achieving near zero malaria deaths by 2015.

13 Apr 2011

This week more than 200 malaria experts and Government officials convened in the Norwegian capital to advise policy makers how to move towards the target of zero malaria deaths by 2015.

MMV’s CEO David Reddy spoke about the critical role of partnerships in the discovery and development of new effective and affordable antimalarial medicines.

Curbing malaria is essential to achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals of reducing child mortality and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) has set the target of near zero malaria deaths by 2015, thus exceeding the goals of the MDGs.   
 
''This is entirely possible,'' explained Dr Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director RBM. “Achieving near zero deaths will require stronger country ownership and adequate global support. Intensified and sustained malaria control will contribute to the achievement of six of the eight Millennium Development Goals,'' she added.

The Oslo Malaria Conference was organized by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Red Cross, The Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

See the RBM/Red Cross press release.

See the conference agenda.