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Dakar - Countries Identify Resource Requirements to Enable Malaria Scale-up (7-15 September)

RBM Partners worked with fifteen countries in Dakar last week to identifiy the resource requirements that would enable sustainable impact - and reduction in deaths from malaria by 2010/15. The World Bank held an intensive five day Regional Workshop at which partners developed the necessary strategies to address gaps - financial and programmatic - so as to provide harmonized support to country programmes and attract additional resources from major donors. In preparation for the Workshop, National Malaria Control Managers undertook a procurement and supply chain management workshop and a detailed and comprehensive review of their country plans, sharing experiences and challenges to scaling-up malaria control.
View World Bank Press release [English] [Français]
The Dakar Appeal [English] [Français]
Concept Note [English]

WHO Reaffirms IRS as Primary Intervention in Fight Against Malaria
(15 September 2006)

On 15 September in Washington the World Health Organization launched a Position Statement on the use of IRS, including DDT, stressing that it must be considered a primary intervention against malaria, together with insecticide treated nets, and artemisinin based combination therapies (ACTs). WHO commits to work more closely with countries to expand and improve IRS interventions.
View WHO Press release [English] [Français]
WHO Position Statement on IRS

International Footballers speak to African Communities through TV spots

A series of public service announcements on malaria are now available for broadcast in Africa. Produced by Sumitomo in collaboration with Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the Global Fund they feature Africa's finest players. Peter Odemwingie, Wilson Oruma, Obafemi Martins, Kolo Toure, John Mensah, Lomana Lualua, Didier Drogba, Pascal Feindouno, Jean Paul Abalo, Ismael Bengoura, Kaba Diawara and Yao Kaka Aziawonou took time out from the Africa's Cup last year to advocate for the use of insecticide treated nets.
Combining exciting footage with short statements to camera, these announcements are free of charge for radio and TV broadcast in Africa in the following languages - French, English, Fante, Ingala, and Yoruba.
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Malaria Commitment delivered at Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting (20-22 September 2006)

RBM Partnership presented its committment to heads of state, CEOs, religious leaders, philanthropists, NGO and foundation heads at this years annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative( CGI) in New York, September 20 - 22. The Commitment seeks to strengthen the capacity of 30 countries to foster a community-driven response to malaria to increase access to and use of current malaria interventions.
First Lady Laura Bush backed the malaria fight by announcing a US Malaria Summit, billed for December 2006.
View Commitment Statements
RBM Partnership Flyer

Ethiopia - Advocacy partners conduct malaria journalist training (September)

RBM Partners including SciDev Net, the Malaria Consortium and the Coalition Against Malaria in Ethiopia - a newly established local advocacy network - brought together 45 local and 2 visiting Kenyan journalists to undergo training to increase and improve their coverage of malaria issues. Led by Louis da Gama and Julie Clayton, the training included site visits in the company of UNICEF's Regional Malaria Spokesperson and South African artist, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, UK MP Stephen Obrien and UK Peer, Nicholas Rea. Stephen O' Brien, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Malaria Group, and Lord Rea were invited by UNICEF to witness Ethiopia's progress in malaria control. Journalists completed their training by forming the first Journalist's Coalition Against Malaria in Ethiopia.

Kenya's Head of State to Launch National Malaria Communication Strategy (25 September)

As Kenya begins its second phase distribution of 1.7m long lasting insecticide treated nets, His Excellency Hon. Mwai Kibaki kicked off a campaign to raise public awareness about essential malaria prevention and treatment and to highlight the upcoming campaigns for artemisinin base combination therapies (ACTs).
The launch took place in Malala on September 25th 2006.

Young Leaders to Tackle Development Challenges at United Nations Summit in New York (29-31 October 2006)

A Youth Against Malaria Concert will top the bill at this year's UN Youth Summit in New York where young leaders will commit themselves to initiatives to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.
View UN Press release

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RBM Partnership Malaria in Pregnancy (MIP) Working Group (10-12 October 2006)
Abuja, Nigeria

The next meeting of the RBM Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group, chaired by WHO's Dr Juliana Yartey, will look at ways to strengthen collaboration among sub-regional networks (SRNS) for the prevention and control of malaria in pregnancy and develop the 2006-2007 workplan.
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