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Africa Malaria Day, 25 April 2007
Free Africa from Malaria NOW!

Africa Malaria Day was, as every year, commemorated on 25 April. The focus of this year's Africa Malaria Day was 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.
Detailed information on Africa Malaria Day 2007 is posted on the RBM Partnership web site.
Also available in French.

On the eve of Africa Malaria Day, South African singing sensation Yvonne Chaka Chaka rallied staff at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS in Geneva to accelerate progress on malaria control. Chaka Chaka, a long-time champion of women and children's issues and a UNICEF Regional Spokesperson on Malaria, inspired an audience of over 200 to move their feet and raise their voices against malaria.

QUICK UPDATES:
New RBM Board Members selected from West, Central, Southern and Eastern Africa

As result of sub regional consultations involving 33 countries at ministerial level earlier this month, the following representatives were confirmed as Roll Back Malaria Board Members for the endemic country constituency for the next 2 years :
ECOWAS /CEDEAO - Nigeria (Alternate Liberia) Mali (Alternate Niger)
ECCAS /CEECA - Cameroon (Alternate Angola)
SADC - Lesotho
IGAD - Ethiopia ( alternate Uganda).


Global Malaria Community Kick Starts Campaign to Secure Additional Resources

Roll Back Malaria, the global partnership to fight malaria, has launched a campaign to improve the quality of malaria proposals from sub-Saharan African countries to the Global Fund. In 2006, just over one-quarter of all malaria control proposals submitted to the Global Fund from sub-Saharan African countries were approved for financing. The recently formed RBM Harmonization Working Group, consisting of representatives from WHO and other UN agencies, donors, civil society, foundations, and African countries, is leading the campaign to support over 20 applicant countries with the proposal process prior to the July 4, 2007 submission deadline.
View RBM Partnership Press Release [in English] [en fran├žais]


Joint HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria preparation for GFATM R7 submissions, Harare, Zimbabwe, 17-20 April

WHO staff were oriented on the articulation on specific/cross cutting aspects of Global Fund country proposals development and expected technical assistance to countries to support round 7 proposal development. Countries that will require external technical support for malaria proposal development include Nigeria, Uganda, Malawi and Sierra Leone, while Ghana will require technical support to finalize their national malaria strategic plan 2007-12. It was recommended that WHO participate in Global Fund round 7 proposal development to support selected countries mobilise resources for scaling up malaria interventions.

RECENT EVENTS:
Roll Back Malaria Partners set ambitious financial targets for 19 African countries fighting malaria

Geneva April 23, 2007: On the occasion of Africa Malaria Day the Roll Back Malaria Partnership announced targets for malaria grant applications to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria's seventh round of funding.
View Roll Back Malaria Partnership and Global Fund Press Release [in English] [en fran├žais]

RBM consultations with Ministers of Health at African Union Conference

The RBM Partnership held three events in Johannesburg from 10-12 April with Ministers of Health and other top officials attending the African Union Conference of Ministers of Health. The 7 member states of IGAD and 15 member states of ECOWAS were briefed on provision of a coordinated country support plan for Global Fund applications and the implementation of a Global Subsidy mechanism to purchase ACTs. Elections for representatives to the RBM Board also took place.
More info on African Union Launch of the Africa Malaria Elimination Campaign during the 3rd Session of the AU Conference of Ministers of Health Johannesburg, South Africa

UPCOMING EVENTS:
The 12th Roll Back Malaria Board Meeting and Pre-board working sessions

The 12th Roll Back Malaria Board Meeting, hosted by the African Union, takes place on 10-11 May, 2007, Geneva, at the Crowne Plaza. Pre-board working sessions (Planning for Implementation Support meeting, The Global ACT Subsidy meeting, Endemic Countries and Private Sector Constituency meetings) take place on the 9th of May.
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