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11th RBM Partnership Board Meeting, 10-11 Nov, Geneva

The 11th RBM Board Meeting was a watershed event for the future of the Partnership. Board members collectively committed to a number of major decisions and improved structures for working in and deriving value from partnership. Stemming from the year-long Change Initiative, this new way of doing business will promote increased collaboration and synergy between Partners as well as better accountability and transparency of the Partnership as a whole.

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Harmonization Working Group (HWG) Meeting, 13-14 Nov

The first meeting of the Harmonization Working Group (HWG) took place in Geneva, 13-14 November facilitated by the RBM Partnership Secretariat. Countries in the process of developing second generation strategic and operational plans are at different stages and need different types of support from Partners. The HWG will be the critical Partnership coordination mechanism for this purpose. At its first meeting the HWG categorized countries according to their support needs and began to develop a process for validating country plans, coordinating support to countries, developing an early warning system for funding and implementation barriers and tracking resource flows. Membership includes: WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, UNDP, GFATM, Private Sector, UNF, PMI, NGO constituency, MACEPA and 3 endemic country constituency board members from Africa.

Coalition Against Malaria France (CAM France) official launch, 15 Nov

The "Coalition Fran├žaise contre le Paludisme," was officially launched on 15 November in Paris. The Coalition, a RBM Partner, will carry out malaria advocacy to sensitize French politicians and the public. CAM France will also engage with endemic country partners, particularly in francophone Africa, to support their needs for increased advocacy and malaria control scale-up.
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A Guide to Gender and Malaria Resources

The RBM Partnership, under the project "Raising Women's on Malaria," has published A Guide to Gender and Malaria Resources. Research has shown that many strategies for malaria control and prevention have not been able to be sustained or implemented due to the failure to incorporate an interdisciplinary and gendered perspective in the design of such programmes. This Guide provides information on why a gender approach is necessary in the fight against malaria as well as useful resources and tips for those interested in working on the topic.
A Guide to Gender and Malaria Resources [English] [Français]

VOICES Regional Meeting, 5-8 Dec, Mozambique

VOICES for a Malaria-Free Future, spearheaded by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs, will hold its first annual regional meeting in Maputo from 5-8 December. Malaria advocates will discuss strategies for demanding more effective malaria control in Africa and maximizing their collective potential for impact.
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White House Summit on Malaria, 14 Dec, Washington DC

President and Mrs. Bush are hosting this summit, which will bring together a wide range of partners and experts to discuss measures for controlling malaria. The themes of the Summit are: "the Challenge of Malaria in Africa, the Power Of Public/Private Partnerships and Growing the Grassroots." RBM Partners taking part in this summit include: the newly appointed WHO Director General Margaret Chan, WHO/GMP Director Arata Kochi, RPS Executive Secretary Awa Marie Coll-Seck, the World Bank, the Global Fund, UNICEF, USAID, ExxonMobil and more.
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RBM Partnership 1st Malaria Advocacy Working Group (MAWG), 10 - 11 Jan 07, London

The first Malaria Advocacy Working Group Meeting will take place early in the New Year hosted by GSK in London. The MAWG replaces the Global Advocacy Task Force and will provide strategic counsel to the Partnership with timely, accurate information on opportunities for effective advocacy; and ensure wide dissemination of accurate information on current resource allocations to inform the malaria community of current status and allow accountability by both donors and implementers.

RBM Partnership 8th MERG Meeting, 10-12 Dec, Zambia

The RBM Partnership Monitoring & Evaluation Reference Group will meet in Livingstone, Zambia from 10-12 December.


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