The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership was launched in 1998 by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank. Its goal was to provide a coordinated global approach to fighting malaria.
The RBM Partnership is the global framework for implementing coordinated action against malaria. It mobilizes resources for action and forges consensus among partners. The Partnership is made up of more than 500 partners, including countries where malaria is endemic, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions. The Global Malaria Action Plan defines two stages of malaria control: first, scaling-up for impact (SUFI) of preventive and therapeutic interventions, and then sustaining control over time.
RBM’s strength lies in its ability to form effective partnerships both globally and nationally. Partners work together to scale up malaria control efforts at country level, coordinating their activities to avoid duplication and fragmentation, and to ensure optimal use of resources. RBM’s strategy is to reduce malaria morbidity and mortality by implementing activities in all countries where malaria is endemic and by strengthening health systems.