Abu Dhabi is all set to donate 25 million dollars over five years to battle malaria, and give an impetus to the global campaign.
The Abu Dhabi government's contribution to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership would "expand the fight against malaria worldwide, and contribute to achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by 2015," the United Arab Emirate's official WAM news agency said.
AdvertisementRBM executive director Awa Marie Coll-Seck praised Abu Dhabi for its support, which "provides a major boost to the RBM Partnership and sends an important message of encouragement to the international malaria community," she was quoted as saying.
"This funding will have a direct impact upon the capacity of the partnership to accelerate current advances and ensure that countries move closer to the RBM universal coverage targets and the malaria-related United Nations Millennium Development Goals," she added, following the signing of the donor agreement.
The RBM Partnership is the global framework for coordinated action against malaria, which it says kills more than 850,000 people annually.
It was founded by UNICEF, the World Health Organisation, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme, and has more than 500 partner organisations, according to its website.