RBM Partnership at the International AIDS Conference
Malaria was on the agenda at the largest International AIDS Conference in history in Toronto. A RBM workshop highlighted the latest research demonstrating how people living with HIV and AIDS are especially vulnerable to malaria. AIDS activists were asked to join the malaria battle and ensure that malaria interventions reach HIV-positive pregnant women. To promote joint prevention of the two diseases RBM partners distributed unique co-packaged condoms and long-lasting insecticide treated nets to delegates via the African, Asian and women's pavilions. Printed materials on malaria and HIV co-infection were available at the RBM Booth in the Global Village where Yvonne Chaka Chaka, UNICEF Regional Spokesperson for Malaria greeted many of the 20,000 participants. Chaka Chaka conducted extensive press interviews and gave an unprecedented live musical performance at the closing ceremony dedicated to HIV-positive children and women who die from malaria and TB.
Webcast of HIV and Malaria session and IAC closing ceremony
African Ministers and Malaria Programme Managers briefed on RBM Partnership Change Initiative
WHO Regional Committee (28 Aug - 1 Sept)
Ministers of Health and other delegates attending the fifty-sixth session of WHO Regional Committee for Africa in Addis Ababa were briefed by the Executive Secretary, Dr. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, on the RBM Partnership Change Initiative.
East and Southern Africa Annual Malaria Conference (14-18 August)
National malaria control Programme Managers from fifteen countries (plus Zanzibar) were invited to provide country input to Change Initiative by RBM partners in Harare where planning for the 2006-2007 malaria season was under-way.
View Change Initiative Backgrounder
Scaling-up Gap Analysis Consolidation Meeting, Dakar (7-9 Sept)
Convened by the RBM Partnership, this meeting will assist National Malaria Control Managers from 22 countries, in conjunction with technical partners (WHO, UNICEF, World Bank and PATH), to conduct thorough and country-specific resource gap analyses and consolidate this information for more cohesive scaling-up and improved harmonization of country support efforts. This information will be packaged appropriately and presented at the larger World Bank Regional Workshop being held the following week.
11th Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board Meeting (10-11 Nov)
The next RBM Board Meeting will take place in Geneva, 10-11 November. The board Meeting is expected to make further progress in improving the Partnership through the Change Initiative.
Among the issues discussed and decided will be:
- Initiative to help countries strengthen their supply chain management capabilities, and global commodity-related roles for the Partnership
- An RBM Partnership approach to country-level harmonization
- An RBM Partnership approach to advocacy, including RBM goodwill ambassador roles
- Partnership governance (e.g., including role of Working Groups, RBM Board's roles and responsibilties, and processes for funding and managing Partnership bodies)
- Secretariat organization structure, functions and hosting arrangements; 2007 workplan and budget.
ITN Quarterly Report: Issue 4
Includes an update on elimination of taxes and tariffs; the latest information on LLINs production and availability; and net funding and procurement data for East and Southern Africa.
View ITN Quarterly Report
NEW RESOURCES ON THE RBM PARTNERSHIP WEBSITE:
The Malaria Medicine & Supplies Service revamped webpage now includes an interface with MMSS database where information on needs, coverage and financial gaps for different products can be found. Users can search by region, subregion or country and by product and year. An additional resource is a comprehensive page on Artemisia, which includes documents and links with specialized websites.
Global Advocacy webpage
The RBM website now features a dedicated portal to malaria advocacy information and resources including the Global Advocacy Framework 2006-2015, information on the Advocacy Taskforce, advocacy networks and materials.
Country Action webpage
Information on the Subregional Networks (SRNs) of RBM partners: Central Africa Regional Network (CARN); East Africa Regional Network (EARN); Southern African Regional Network (SARN) and West Africa Regional Network (WARN).