Ray Chambers appointed by UN to step-up financing for health related-MDGs

MMV Chairman at the helm of global efforts to mobilise resources for malaria and other diseases of poverty

06 Mar 2013

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Ray Chambers as his Special Envoy for Financing of the Health-Related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the renewal of his mandate on malaria.

In this newly created role, Ray will promote increased investment by the public and private sectors to reduce child and maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases by 31 December 2015, the internationally agreed deadline for achieving the MDGs.

“Mr Chambers has been very successful in mobilizing resources and public-private partnership in the fight against malaria,” said Ban Ki-moon. “Now, with the urgent need to secure funding for the health-related MDGs, I have asked the Special Envoy to develop a business plan to ensure that we have the resources to achieve our goals.”

Since his appointment as Special Envoy for Malaria in February 2008, visibility, awareness and funding for malaria have increased exponentially, with over US$ 4 billion raised, over 400 million mosquito nets distributed and millions of treatment courses administered.

Nonetheless, it is clear that the challenge of bringing malaria deaths down to near-zero by the end of 2015 in addition to the other MDGs will demand significant additional funding.

“The lives of millions of mothers and their babies hang in the balance if we do not meet the goals, and it all comes down to the strength of our collective financial investment,” said Ray Chambers. “I am humbled to take on this new role, and look forward to working with all of our partners to leave no stone unturned in what must be an unprecedented effort.”

“At MMV, we are delighted to see our Chairman of the Board, Ray Chambers, promoted by the UN to step-up financing for malaria and other diseases of poverty,” said David Reddy, MMV’s CEO. “As malaria control efforts are starting to pay off, now more than ever, it is critical that we don’t take our foot off the accelerator. With Ray’s track record, he is certainly the right man to step-up the pressure and ensure the global health community has the funds it will take to meet the MDGs. We wish him every success in his new role.”