Resource Gap Analysis and Round 6 Malaria Proposal Workshops (10 -21 July)


RBM Partnership Board (Geneva) meeting identified the preparation for round 6 Global Fund malaria proposals as a key opportunity for the partnership to support countries to obtain resources for scaling up national malaria control programmes. African sub-regional workshops (West Africa 10-15 July, Burkina Faso; Central Africa 11-13 July, Cameroon; and Southern Africa 19-21 July, Tanzania) were convened to bring 22 country programme managers together with RBM partners to exchange information on the proposal process and outline strategies for ensuring that proposals were technically sound and would achieve enough scale to meet the RBM 2005 -2010 Global Strategic Plan goals and targets.

 

10th Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board Meeting (26-27 July)

 

Central to the RBM Board's deliberations over the two-day meeting in UNICEF HQ, New York, was the future direction of the Partnership and how best to realign the functions and mode of operation to address the current challenges to scaling up malaria control.

View 10th RBM Partnership Board Meeting Decisions

Inter-Faith Summit on Africa (19-21 July)


The RBM Partnership Secretariat participated in this Washington DC event which brought together religious leaders from Africa and the United States in a unique forum to share ideas and promote faith-based solutions for critical challenges facing the African continent. RBM Executive Secretary, Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, gave an overview of the malaria burden, shared some successful faith-based initiatives in fighting malaria and insisted on the critical role of the Church in disseminating malaria information and raising awareness of the disease.

 

Launch of malaria guidelines for African employers (27 July)


In response to growing concerns of the global business community over the threat of malaria, the Global Health Initiative of the World Economic Forum launched a report entitled Business and Malaria: A Neglected Threat to assist businesses in Africa in implementing effective malaria control activities. The report states that sub-Saharan African businesses are highly affected by the disease and 72% of these firms even believe that malaria control would significantly increase efficiency and productivity. A set of guidelines accompanies the report with contributions from the RBM Partnership.
View WEF Press release
Business and Malaria: A Neglected Threat?
Guidelines for Employer-Based Malaria Control Programmes

G8 leaders welcomed RBM Partnership efforts to save children from malaria (16 July)


In its "Fight against infectious diseases" statement, the Group of Eight reaffirmed its commitment to work with African countries to scale up malaria control interventions, reduce the burden of the disease, and eventually defeat malaria on the continent and meet the Abuja target of halving the burden of malaria by 2010. It also agreed to strengthen malaria control activities and programs in African countries with the objective of achieving significant public health impact; to collaborate with governments, private sector companies and non-governmental organizations in public-private partnerships to expand malaria interventions and programs; and to support the development of new, safe, and effective drugs, creation of a vaccine, and promotion of the widest possible availability of prevention and treatment to people in need. The Group of Eight welcomed efforts in the framework of the "Roll Back Malaria Partnership" and supported activities of public and private entities to save children from the disease. The fight against malaria can save hundreds of thousands of lives, and bring new hope to countries that have been devastated by this terrible disease, said the statement.

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Special RBM Partnership Workshop and Global Village Stand - XVI AIDS conference Toronto, Canada (14- 19 August)


People living with HIV are especially vulnerable to malaria. The RBM workshop will be about empowering HIV+ women and families to demand prevention and treatment interventions for malaria. It will offer the latest information on the most effective treatment and prevention techniques available to poor rural communities.
Speakers: Dr Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Secretary, Roll Back Malaria Partnership; Prof. Charles F. Gilks, Coordinator ART & HIV CARE, HIV/AIDS Department; Dr Arata Kochi, Director, WHO Global Malaria Programme. An RBM stand will host an array of materials and provide a point for press and participants to meet UNICEF Regional Malaria spokesperson, Yvonne Chaka Chaka.

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