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TOPLINE STORY:
Africa Malaria Day 2007

Africa Malaria Day is every year commemorated on 25 April. "Free Africa from Malaria NOW!" The focus of this year's Africa Malaria Day will be on the need to work in partnership to reverse the progression of malaria and make a significant impact in endemic countries: Leadership and Partnership for Results.
Visit Africa Malaria Day 2007 web site

QUICK UPDATE:
Launch of New Simple to Use Drug Against Malaria (ASAQ)

The non-profit Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) and Sanofi-Aventis have developed a new once-a-day fixed-dose combination of artesunate and amodiaquine (ASAQ) to treat malaria. The drug will be available for use throughout sub-Saharan Africa and is suitable for patients of all ages, including children - the most at-risk population. ASAQ is a quality non-patented product.
View DNDi and Sanofi Aventis Press Release
More info on ASAQ

RECENT EVENTS:
Roll Back Malaria Rwanda consultation, 12 February, Rwanda

Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partners in Rwanda held a meeting on key achievements and challenges for national malaria control. Dr Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership, briefed the national RBM committee on new partnership mechanisms to support country plans, including Global Fund round 7 proposal support. Rwanda's Minister of Health, Dr Jean-Damascene Ntawukuliryayo, as well as the WHO, USAID and NGOs Representatives participated in the meeting.
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Launch of Friends of the Global Fund Africa, 12-13 February, Rwanda

Friends of the Global Fund Africa inaugurated its Board of Directors in Kigali, in February, under the theme 'Africans Taking Responsibility and Achieving Results in the Fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria.' Friends Africa was founded in order to create and sustain visibility and awareness for the Global Fund across the African continent, as well as to build political and financial support for the organization. Friends Africa joins Friends organizations in the U.S., Japan and Europe as nongovernmental advocates on behalf of the Global Fund.
View Global Fund Press Release

US Congress approves record support for the Global Fund and increase for USAID malaria programs

The US Government will contribute US $724 million to the Global Fund for 2007, an increase of US $179 million over the US contribution for 2006. Additional funding for the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) has also been allocated for the remainder of FY07. USAID Malaria Programs were allotted US $248 million ($25 million above the President's 2007 request) to allow the Agency to expand its bilateral global malaria initiative activities from the current three countries to seven.
View Global Fund Press Release
PMI FY07 Operational Plan

Joint WHO/RBM Mission to Sierra Leone, 4 - 9 February


This mission was set up after reports from the GFATM suggested that Sierra Leone might not be eligible to retain its phase 2 malaria grant due to significant problems with procurement and distribution. The mission enabled a review of malaria control progress against strategic/operational plan and has identified bottlenecks that impede full implementation of strategic/operational plans. A strategy for securing phase 2 funding was also developed during the five-day event.

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